Fr Noel Rucastle appointed Bishop of Oudtshoorn Diocese

Fr Noel was born in Upington and raised in Kimberley. He was ordained to the priesthood on 14 July 2000 in the Archdiocese of Cape Town. He is currently serving in the parish of Our Lady of Fatima, Bellville, Cape Town. 

During his twenty years as a priest he also served at the following parishes: Corpus Christi, Wynberg; St Mary’s Cathedral, Cape Town; and Kraaifontein and Hout Bay communities. 

Fr Noel pursued further studies in Canon Law in Canada, after which he returned to the Archdiocese of Cape Town where he is currently serving as Judicial Vicar – and heads up the Marriage Tribunal. He has also served two terms as President of the Canon Law Society of Southern Africa.

He will succeed Rt. Rev. Bishop Francisco de Gouveia who retired on 2 July 2018.

We congratulate him on his new role as the shepherd of the faithful of Oudtshoorn and also congratulate the Catholic Church in Southern Africa for this new shepherd of the people of God.

Logistics regarding the ordination of Fr Noel Rucastle as the Bishop of Oudtshoorn will be announced at a later stage.

Fr Paul Tatu CSS (SACBC Communication and Media Office)

Posted in News & Events.


  1. Congratulations Fr. Noel on your appointment.

    May the Holy Spirit guide you in all your deliberations.

    My prayers are with you always.

    David Johnson
    Cape Town Cathedral.

  2. Congratulations, Father Noel. May God bless you and keep you close.


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