Bishop Frank Nubuasah has been elavated in rank to Archbishop
On July, 5th 2021, the Holy Father conferred the title of archbishop ad personam to Bishop Franklyn Atese Nubuasah, S.V.D., of the diocese of Gaborone, Botswana. The Pope took the unusual step of conferring the title of archbishop on Bishop Nabuasah ad personam, meaning it was extended to him personally, and not attached to the Diocese of Gaborone. The appointment is a a singular honor, made in recognition of Bishop Frank's long and influential career as a missionary in the country, having arrived in Botswana in the early 80s.
As an Archbishop, he won't have any extra sacramental power or authority over what he already had as a Bishop. Rather he assumes certain legal prerogatives and rights of precedence over other Bishops, though much of this is ceremonial, for example he, in the presence of Bishops comes among the last in line in liturgical processions, symbol of his seniority and can increase number the number of tassels his coats of arms.
Bishop Frank Atese Nubuasah, SVD was born the fourth child of Mr. Joseph Nubuasah and Mrs. Dora Nubuasah on June 7, 1949 in Likpe Agbozome a village in Ghana’s Volta Region, now in the newly created Oti Region.
The family comprises of four girls and four boys. The Archbishop is the first boy, of his four sisters, one is a Religious Sister of the local diocesan Congregation of the Handmaids of the Divine Redeemer (HDR) and she is a nurse by profession.
Frank Nubuasah was educated in his home village and Kadjebi where he did his secondary education. After working for a year, he decided to join the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD).
Completing his seminary formation at the Regional Seminary in Tamale, Ghana, he was ordained on July 26, 1980. Together with another priest from his parish, they were the first priests of the parish.
Soon after ordination, he was missioned to Botswana as one of the initial group of four SVD missionaries to start working in the country. After language learning, he spent the next eight years in Maun trying to establish the church.
He was later recalled to Ghana to assist in the formation of novices. He did two years of post-graduate course at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh earning the Masters of Arts Degree.
Returning home, he was Master of novices until he was appointed Bishop of the newly created Apostolic Vicariate of Francistown. Archbishop Nubuasah was appointed Vicar Apostolic of Francistown and Titular Bishop of Pauzera on June 27, 1998. He was ordained Bishop on November 7, 1998. On August 9, 2017, he was appointed Apostolic Administrator of Gaborone Diocese and October 2, 2017, he was appointed Bishop of Francistown.
On June 6, 2019, he was appointed Bishop of Gaborone and installed on August 17, 2019