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Former General Councillor dies
15/04/2011 Lesotho

Fr. Alexander MOTANYANE, former General Councillor for the Region of Africa-Madagascar, died on 9 April 2011 at Loreto Parish in Lesotho. He was chosen by the Superior General, Fr. Fernand JETTÉ and his Council to serve as a replacement for Fr. Thomas MAYELI who had resigned his office. Fr. Motanyane was re-elected General Councillor at the Chapters of 1986 and 1992, thus serving during the entire mandate of Superior General, Fr. Marcello ZAGO.

Born in Lesotho in 1933, he made his first profession of vows as an Oblate in 1955. He did part of his scholasticate in Rome and part of it at St. Joseph’s Scholasticate in Ottawa. In 1963, he was ordained a priest in Lesotho.

Prior to his election as General Councillor, he served as Rector of the Major Seminary in Lesotho (1970-78) and as Secretary to the Lesotho Catholic Bishops’ Conference (1979-85).

He returned to his homeland after his mandate on the General Administration. At the time of his death, he was serving at the Loreto Mission.