24 priests from 17 dioceses are gathered from the 20th-31st May in Coolock House, KwaZuluNatal South Coast for ongoing formation under the theme “Relax, Reflect, Rediscover and Return Renewed”. Led by Frs Joe Kizito, Hugh Lagan, Jerome Nyathi and Thomas Plastow SJ, the priests will reflect on different aspects of Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry. Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM and Bishop Barry Wood will also address the priests.
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Bishops Jose Ponce de Leon IMC and Joe Sandri MCCJ at the meeting for bishops who will monitor elections in Zimbabwe.
Administrative Board Meeting.
The Administrative Board of the SACBC met from the 8th-9th May at Bertoni Centre, Pretoria. This board, which is the Standing Committee of the Conference, is made out of the Presidential Troika and the Chairpersons of the Departments.
The Presidential Troika are Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town(President), Archbishop Jabulani Nxumalo OMI of Bloemfontein(First Vice-President) and Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of Mthatha (Second Vice President).
The Chairpersons of departments are: Bishops Edward Risi OMI of Keimos-Upington (Christian Formation, Liturgy and Culture), Graham Rose of Dundee (Ecumenism and Inter-Religious Dialogue), Abel Gabuza of Kimberly (Justice and Peace), Jan de Groef M.Afr (Evangelization), Dabula Mpako of Queenstown (Seminaries) and Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban (Finance). Besides being the chairperson of Finance Department, Cardinal Napier is an ex officio member of the Board by virtue of being a Cardinal.
The board heard and reviewed the reports and proposals from different departments, offices, desks, projects and associate bodies and set the programme for the next Bishops’ Plenary Session to be held on the 31 July to the 7th August in Mariannhill. Read the rest of At Khanya House: May 2013 »
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed FR ZOLILE PETER MPAMBANI SCJ as bishop of Kokstad. Fr Zolile is currently the parish priest of St Francis in Aliwal North, the provincial superior of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (SCJ) and the member of the College of Consultors for the diocese of Aliwal. Born on 20 February 1957 in Umlali, he made his profession on 28 January 1982 and was ordained a priest on 25 April 1987. He has worked in various parishes in the diocese of Aliwal and served in various positions of responsibility in his congregation especially in formation and leadership.