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Ex-Kimberley man appointed Bishop of Oudtshoorn

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Bishop Rucastle was appointed by Pope Francis and the announcement was carried on Monday by Vatican News.

A FORMER Kimberley man, Reverend Father Noel Andrew Rucastle, has been appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Oudtshoorn in South Africa.

Bishop Rucastle was appointed by Pope Francis and the announcement was carried on Monday by Vatican News.

Rucastle is from Cape Town and previously served as judicial vicar and pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Bellville.

He was born on April 22, 1968 in Kimberley. After attending St Patrick’s Christian Brothers’ College in Kimberley, he studied Civil Law at the University of the Free State.

In 1993 Bishop Rucastle entered the St Francis Xavier Propaedeutic Seminary in Cape Town. He studied Philosophy at St Peter’s Major Seminary in Garsfontein (1994-1995) and Theology at St John Vianney National Major Seminary (1996-1998). 

Later, he completed his theological training at the Archiepiscopal Seminary of Cape Town, obtaining a baccalaureate at St Joseph’s Theological Institute in Cedara in 1999. He was ordained a priest on July 14, 2000, incardinated in the Archdiocese of Cape Town.