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Bishop Taaso retires

Bishop Adam Andreas Mallane

Feb. 2, 2020 2 min read

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Venerable bishop of the St Mary and St James Cathedral in Maseru, Bishop Adam Andreas Mallane Taaso has retired due to ill health, the church has reported. Scores of people from all walks of life gathered on Friday at the church, to bid farewell to the 62-year-old priest.

The bishop suffered a severe stroke last year that kept him in hospital in South Africa for quite some time. The ceremony which commenced with a holy mass brought together representatives from government, her Majesty, members of the Taaso family, friends, colleagues in Priesthood as well as congregants to see the bishop off.

In her remarks, Queen ’Masenate Mohato Bereng Seeiso described Bishop Taaso as a saint who during his tenure sacrificed his life to serving both Basotho and the church.

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Chairperson of Christian Council of Lesotho (CCL), Archbishop Tlali Lerotholi expressed hope that the seed Bishop Taaso sow through his teachings fell on good soil.
Speaking on behalf of visiting bishops, Bishop Dintoe Lentloenya of Free State Diocesan said they are going to miss their retiring brother tremendously.   
Bishop Taaso’s son Thupane his father would continue to serve the Lord under the leadership of the new Bishop.
The church presented a cheque worth M100 000 to the Taaso Family as a retirement gift to the bishop.
Bishop Taaso became a deacon in 1992, before he became a priest in 1993.
He is the sixth Bishop of ACL after the resignation of Bishop Joseph Tsubella in 2006. He was consecrated in 2008.
During his journey as a man of the cloth, he reportedly built and revived 25 churches, while the number of parishes also increased from 29 to over 40.

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