Catholic Information Service for Botswana, South Africa and Swaziland
The Bishops On Their Recent Ad Limina.
This is what some of the bishops had to say about their recent Ad Limina visit to Rome.
“The Holy Father is a listener, he listens with his ears and his heart … and his answers to us were from his experience as a pastor of the flock. We were brothers with our big brother” – Bishop Barry Wood OMI, Durban.
“The climax was a personal encounter with Pope Francis – that incredible experience of actually having a conversation with him and shaking his hand.” – Mgr Vincent Zungu OFM, Port Elizabeth.
“Shaking hands with Pope Francis … not just shaking hands with a celebrity … [but] a symbolic expression of the communion of all in our diocese with Pope Francis and the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church” – Bishop Frank de Gouveia, Oudtshoorn
“The meeting with the Pope was so open and cordial, an expression of the new wind blowing in the Vatican” – Bishop Jan de Groef M.Afr, Bethlehem.
“With regard to the cause of the Servant of God Benedict Daswa, we were also very encouraged by Pope Francis” – Bishop Joao Rodrigues, Tzaneen.
“The two highlights in the recent Ad Limina Visit, that in my view will not be forgotten [were] the group interview session with His Holiness Pope Francis, and the celebration of the canonization of the two Popes John XXIII and John Paul II” – Bishop Mlungisi Dlungwane, Mariannhill
“To be in Rome for the ad limina gave me a glimpse, a snapshot of what it means to be Church – one, holy, catholic and apostolic” Bishop Frank de Gouveia, Oudtshoorn.
“The opening mass at the tomb of St. Peter, which made me feel from within the unity of the Catholic Church and raised to a higher degree, the awareness of my service to the Church as a Bishop” – Bishop Zolile Mpambani SCJ, Kokstad.
“I am grateful to God to have had such a wonderful opportunity – a true moment of grace!” – Mgr Vincent Zungu OFM, Port Elizabeth.
“An additional grace was having our ad limina in the week of the canonization of two Popes in the presence of two Popes” – Bishop Jan de Groef M.Afr, Kokstad.
New Head of Evangelisation
Fr Sakhi Mofokeng of Bethlehem has joined Khanya House to succeed Mgr Barney McAleer as the head of Evangelisation. Fr Sakhi, a vibrant preacher and a zealous organiser, is a Jubilee priest (ordained in 2000) and for the past 14 years has served his diocese as pastor, chaplain and consultor both to Bishops Hubert Bucher and Jan de Groef M.Afr. In an interview on Radio Veritas, Fr Mofokeng promised to further the work of Mgr McAleer and stressed that his focus will be on the quality of preaching in our region as well as ministry of sodalities and youth.
Ongoing Formation at Coolock House.
25 priests from different dioceses and religious congregations gathered in Coolock House, Port Shepstone for two weeks (5th – 16th May) of renewal. This course consisted of the following themes: Strength-based Ministry (Fr Hugh Lagan SPS); Pastoral Work Of A Priest (Fr Mosebetsi Mokoena); Conversion (Fr Michael Murphy SPS) and Spirituality Of A Priest (Fr Bafana Hlatshwayo CSsR). Though most priests could vote for their provinces in the elections, they appreciated the opportunity to rest, read and recharge. The Coolock Clergy Renewal Course is presented annually by the OnGoing Formation Committee for clergy ordained and priests ordained five years and above.
Sr Melanie Rocks the Tshwane “Missing Girls” Event.
Sr Melanie O’Connor HF of the Counter Trafficking In Person (CTIP) office made such a deep impression at the “Bring Back Our Missing Girls” event organised on the 13th May 2014 by the Tshwane Municipality, Pretoria that the Office of the Speaker requested her to facilitate a workshop for interfaith members and councillors on the issue of human trafficking. Sr Melanie was invited last minute but her talk “The Agony and the Challenges”, drawn from her pioneering work on combating human trafficking, “generated a lot of interest and discussion”. She can be reached at 012 323 6458 or email@example.com
Maria Ratschitz Communities Thank The Church.
The traditional leaders as well as communities around Maria Ratschitz in Wasbank (mid-KZN) have expressed gratitude to the Catholic Church for building more than 13 houses for orphaned and vulnerable children (OVCs) in their area. This project is run by the SACBC Aids Office in collaboration with Homeplan and is locally supervised by the Franciscan Nardini Sisters’ Duduza Care Centre. According to the director of Duduza, Sr Collette Mthimkhulu, the people are saying “thanks to the Catholic Church, we now have homes.”
Healing CD’s Up For Sale
The Committee on Culture in conjuction with Radio Veritas is selling a compilation of interviews on healing. The interviews feature Bishop Edward Risi OMI, Fr Don Bohe OMI, Sr Jennifer Alt, Fr Victor Phalana and the two Ugandan priests who conducted the exorcism (for priests) and deliverance (for all) workshops in May 2013. The valuable CDs can be obtained from the secretary of the committee, Sr Catherine Siyali HC at 012 323 6458 or CSiyali@sacbc.org.za. CDs are R20 each or R160 for the set of eight. The Healing Compedium (prayers to be used by priests and laypeople) is also upcoming in 2015.
St Augustine’s College
About 80 people gathered at St Augustine’s College, Victory Park to witness the signing of the agreement between St Augustine’s College, Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) and Knights of da Gama (KdG). Recently, St Augustine’s has had to cut down some of its operations due to financial constraints. The SACBC and the KdG have ensured that St Augustine’s continues through their financial assistance.
A Psycho-Spiritual Institute Opens In Africa.
The Lux Terra Leadership Foundation in collaboration with Missio-Aachen has established the Psycho-Spiritual Institute in Nairobi, Kenya aimed at training priests and religious on psycho-spiritual therapy to rescue their colleagues in difficult life situations. According to its director, Fr Dominic Adeiza, the centre will start offering Master’s degree in August 2014 and will soon have other campuses in Kampala, Uganda and Cape Coast, Ghana. . For more details visit – www.psi-online.org ; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Fr Adeiza on +2349093479155.
Anglicans and Catholics Dialogue in Durban.
The Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) is meeting in Koinonia Centre in Botha’s Hill from 15th to 20th May to discuss how each communion make ethical and moral decisions both at a local and a universal level. This commission is a standing body of highly-charged theologians who discuss different themes of relations between the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church. The Catholic delegation is led by Archbishop Bernard Longly of Birmingham while the Anglican delegation is led by Archbishop David Moxon.
- Radio Veritas will have a shutdown from the 19th May to 2nd June for the upgrading of the studios.
- Winter Living Theology, themed “The Leaders We Deserve”, will take place at the Paulines, Johannesburg (20-22 May), Glenmore, Durban (26-28 May) and Schoenstatt, Cape Town (3-5 June). For enquiries, contact the Jesuit Institute (011 482 4237).
- Mgr Barney McAleer and Toni Rowland will address a mini-conference at the Pauline’s Books and Media Centre, Johannesburg on the 24th May 2014. The theme is “The Synod, the Family and the Church”. For details, please contact the Pauline sisters at 011 622 5195 or Booksmedia@paulines.co.za
- Mgr Vincent Zungu OFM will be ordained bishop of Port Elizabeth on the 28th June 2014 at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Conference Centre, Missionvale Campus at 09h00.
- The Canon Law Society of Southern Africa (CLSSA) will hold its conference from 11th-14th August 2014 at Ukuphila Retreat House in Bluff, Durban. The conference will be addressed by Cardinal Raymond Burke, the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. Those interested may contact CLSSA Secretary, Marieke Vrugtman on 011 402 6400 or email@example.com before 11th June.
- The Jesuit Institutes and Catholic Media Houses in South Africa in conjunction with the Office of Media and Communication is hosting a Catholic Media Expo on the 26th July at Holy Rosay School, Edenvale. Various Catholic media practitioners will share skills of different kinds of media (print, electronic, digital with the youth (grade 10 and upwards) and interested adults). For more details, please contact Raymond Perrier on 011 482 4237; 076 570 2497 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- World Apostolic Congress of Mercy III will take place in Bogota, Spain from 15th – 19th August 2014. For further information, please visit www.
worldapostoliccongressonmercy. org or email email@example.com.