Catholics in Botswana are not likely to ever forget Saturday, April 25, 2009.
On this day, a youthful indigenous Motswana man was ordained into the highest position a Catholic could ever attain in Botswana.
Father Valentine Tsamma Seane is now the Bishop of the Dioceses of Gaborone after Bishop Boniface Tshosa Setlalekgosi reached his canonical age.
Catholics from all corners of the country, even those from abroad and from the SADC region, attended to witness Bishop Setlalekgosi handing over the Church’s responsibilities to Valentine.
It was a sea of multi-coloured robes as the faithful mingled to see history in the making, as altar boys complimented the presence of the numerous priests and bishops driving the Ordination.
Of course, business was also brisk as vendors from the church sold merchandise printed with the new bishop’s face, while others sold literature about the Catholic Church.
“I intend to promote evangelism so as to preach the Word of God to all areas that I may reach,” said Valentine, vowing to work closely with the government so as to continue the good relationship that already exists between the two.
During the proceedings, it started to rain and the masses went wild at the “coincidence”.
“This is a sign of acceptance from our Lord Jesus Christ,” said one Sister. “Our Bishop has been accepted into his position with open arms.”
The faithful gave presents, too.
Mr Moshe Lekaukau, a well known retired civil servant and a staunch Catholic who is also the chairman of the Diocesan Pastoral Council, gave Bishop Valentine a vehicle worth P200 000.
“This is for you to be able to move around and visit your people,” said a very pleased Lekaukau.
Happy Valentine, Bishop, and welcome to the spotlight!