Meet the Superior 

Born Fransiskus Xavarius Swartbooi on 3rd December 1964, Karusburg, Namibia, Fr FX as commonly known to his peers fall nothing short of what the Salesian family would call a gentle giant. Growing up, Fransiskus went to De Porres & Lordsville Primary, where he received his early education. He matriculated from Marianum High in 1982 and joined the DeSales pre-novitiate in RSA

It was the influence of the Oblate Fathers and Sisters at the time that sparked the young Fransiskus' call to serve. Later in his life, it would be evident that Leonie Aviates emphatic "YES" would form the benchmark of his ministry. After completing his novitiate in Klawer, South Africa, Fransiskus commenced his theological studies at Cedara, Kwazulu-Natal. He was ordained on the 11th May 1991, by the late Rt. Rev. Bishop J.B. Minder O.S.F.S



Throughout his ministry Fr Fransiskus served on various councils in different capacities. He was Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Rehoboth in 2004. Prior to that he was the Parish Administrator of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Keetmanshoop. He also served as the master of scholastics and director of postulants from 2000-2002. In 2005, Fr Fransiskus was elected Regional Superior of the then, Namibian Region


With studies the 8th sacrament for an Oblate, Fr. Fransiskus posses a Masters Degree in Theology, M.Th (Ethics), from the University of Namibia (UNAM). He is also a Licenced Canon Lawyer from the Potificia Studiorum Univisits Urb. On December, 16,2016 he was elected superior of the Southern African Region




The Regional Council


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