Bishop Emeritis Rt. Reverend Boniface Tshosa Setlalekgosi of the Roman Catholic of Botswana has died at the age of 91.
Bishop Setlalekgosi who retired in 2009, died at Gaborone Private Hospital on January 25, 2018 at 4:30pm. Setlalekgosi was appointed Bishop in 1981, and ordained in 1982.
He made history by becoming the first Motswana Bishop and the second bishop of the Roman Catholic Church in Botswana. Bishop Setlalekgosi succeeded Bishop Urban Murphy, who died in February of 1981.
Bishop Setlalekgosi was born in Serowe on September 14, 1927. He did his schooling at St Joseph’s College, and he was residing at his retirement home at Kgale Siding at the time of his passing. Setlalekgosi was ordained priest in 1963 at the age of 35, prior to becoming the first Motswana Bishop.
Late second President of Botswana, Sir Ketumile Masire was often quoted praising the departed Bishop as a great man whose calling was signified by discipline, dedication, devotion and determination.
Setlalekgosi is one of the founders of Setlalekgosi Junior Secondary School in Francistown. Burial information was not released at the time of going to press.