PRESIDENT: Archbishop S. Brislin
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT: Bishop S. Sipuka
SECOND VICE PRESIDENT: Bishop V. Seane
DEPARTMENT FOR CATHOLIC FORMATION, LITURGY AND CULTURE
Chairperson: Bishop E. Risi OMI
Vice-Chairperson: Bishop F. Nubuasah SVD
Third Episcopal Member: Bishop G. Sandri MCCJ (also CBE Liaison Bishop)
DEPARTMENT FOR ECUMENISM AND INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE
Chairperson: Bishop V. Phalana
Vice-Chairperson: Bishop T.G. Rose
Third Episcopal Member: Bishop J. Masela
Chairperson: Bishop J. de Groef M.Afr.
Vice-Chairperson: Bishop Z. Mpambani SCJ
Chairperson: Cardinal W. Napier OFM
Vice-Chairperson: Bishop P. Holiday
Third Episcopal Member: Bishop J. Ponce de Leon IMC
DEPARTMENT FOR CATHOLIC SOCIAL ACTION
Chairperson: Bishop A. Gabuza
Vice-Chairperson: Bishop K. Dowling C.SsR
DEPARTMENT FOR CLERGY
Chairperson: Bishop D. Mpako
Vice-Chairperson: Bishop J. Rodrigues
Third Episcopal Member: Bishop V. Zungu OFM
YOUTH: Bishop S. Dziuba OSPPE
PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT: Archbishop J. Nxumalo OMI
MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES: Archbishop B. Tlhagale OMI
ONGOING FORMATION OF PRIESTS: Bishop X.T. Kumalo
COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA: Archbishop W. Slattery OFM
CATHOLIC BOARD OF EDUCATION: Bishop G. Sandri MCCJ
CARITAS: Bishop M. Wüstenberg
CATHCA and AIDS: Bishop F. de Gouveia
REAP and RDSP: Bishop A. Musialek SCJ
LCCL: Bishop B. Wood OMI
IMBISA: Bishop M.P. Dlungwane
ICEL: Archbishop J. Nxumalo OMI
SPECIAL MINISTRIES: Archbishop W. Slattery OFM
OWNERS OF SCHOOLS: Archbishop J. Nxumalo OMI
The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference will close the Year of Consecrated Life with a Mass to be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Pretoria on Saturday, 16th January 2016 at 10am. This Mass will also serve as the Opening Mass of their first 2016 biannual Plenary Session and the launch of the new Catholic Board of Education (CBE)
The diocese of Tzaneen has announced the following programme:
30 January 2016 – Pilgrims take tour of Daswa interest sights (like his home, parish church, place of stoning, etc).
31 January 2016 – Mass at his parish Church- Our Lady of Assumption, Nweli at 10am.
– Rosary at 1pm.
– Service of Reconciliation with Individual Confessions at 2pm
1 February 2016 – FEAST OF BLESSED BENEDICT DASWA – Beatification Site, Tshitanini.
– Veneration of the Relics at 7am
– Mass of the Feast at 9am.
All parishes are requested to do a novena of Blessed Benedict Daswa from Saturday the 23rd January till Sunday the 31 and report any assistance received to: (Sr) Claudette Hiosan fdnsc (Promoter), PO Box 80, Mooketsi 0825, Limpopo South Africa. Tel: +27 076 570 8843 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who cannot come to Tzaneen are requested to celebrate this feast in their respective parishes.
Bishop Edward Robert Adams (bishop of the Diocese of Oudtshoorn from 16 July 1983 – 17 July 2010) celebrates the golden jubilee of his priestly ordination next Wednesday, 6th January 2016. In his customary humble manner he has declined all attempts at a celebration! Last year when he turned 80 he agreed to a “bring ‘n share” and that worked very well. So there will be a very informal gathering next Wednesday at Koelenhof beginning with Mass at 11.00am and followed by a “bring ‘n share” – or as he put it “no invitations, no fuss, nothing formal, nothing special – whatever the people bring we share and last time there was so much left over people were able to take home barakat (blessings)!”
Bishop Adams was ordained priest in Rome on 6th January 1966 (less than a month after the closing of the Second Vatican Council) by Blessed Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini (Pope Paul VI). He was one of the first priests to be ordained by a pope in modern times!
Let us give praise and thanks to God for the 50 years of priestly ministry of Bishop Adams – most of which he spent in the Diocese of Oudtshoorn as our bishop! At age 81 he is at present the temporary acting-parish priest of Holy Spirit Church in Koelenhof and is resident at the convent of the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales. He still manages a regular game of golf. May God continue to bless and strengthen him!
Blessings on the New Year!
Francisco Fortunato de Gouveia
Bishop – Diocese of Oudtshoorn
+27 (0) 44 272 5054 (office)
+27 (0) 44 279 2707 (home)
+27 (0) 44 272 8909 (fax)
MWYD: Some youths posing for a photograph.
MWYD: The man who put it all together Fr Mthembeni Dlamini CMM
of the SACBC Youth Desk