Multitudes thronged the Serowe based Anglican Church to witness the installation of the Diocese of Botswana Anglican Church Moreri Leteemane as the new Rector of St. Augustine Church.
As rector of St. Augustine church Pastor Leteemane will be overseeing all the Anglican parishes in Serowe, Palapye and Mahalapye. The highly attended event was graced by the Central District Commissioner Thobo Mapitse as well as the Central District Council Chairperson Lesego Raditanka.
Speaking at the event the Anglican Church Bishop Reverend Metlhayotlhe Beleme who perffomed the installation ceremony advised the newly installed priest to desist from practices which may tarnish the good image of the church and called on him to be exemplary as their onerous task demands.
“I call on you to take the interests of your congregants to heart and always avail your services to them whether during good or bad times. I also implore you to desist from negative issues which affect some of the churches in our country such as misappropriation of funds as this will cause unnecessary conflicts in the church and will make you lose respect from the congregation,” said Bishop Beleme.
For her part the Central District Commissioner Thobo Mapitse welcomed Pastor Leteemane to the Central District and gave an assurance that her office is available to assist the incoming priest where he deemed necessary. “We as the Central District and Government of Botswana we encourage churches to be more pro-active and assist the government to address prevalent societal ills such as Satanism” said Mapitse.
On his acceptance speech Pastor Leteemane thanked Bishop Beleme for grooming and guiding him. “I wish to send gratitude to Bishop Beleme as I stand here as Rector today due to the patience and guidance which was provided to me by him during my early days as a priest trainee,” said Leteemane.
The superlative event was attended by Anglican Parishes from across the country including Molepolole, Shoshong, Mahalapye, Palapye, Tonota and Francistown with other sister churches such as the Roman Catholic Church and UCCSA also attending to give moral support.