On the 24-26th September, 54 Catholic Priests from Botswana, South Africa and Swaziland, together with the team of Ongoing Formation for Priests, met... Read more
An exceptionally warm, compassionate and down-to-earth man with a ready sense of humour, Cardinal Napier is loved and respected by everyone who comes into contact with him.
Born in the small midlands town of Matatliele on 8 March 1941, Wilfrid Fox Napier is one of seven children – five boys and two girls, who remain close to this day.
He attended the Ixopo Catholic School and his teacher, Sister Annuncia, says she doesn’t remember him ever doing anything wrong. But he confesses that he came close to being expelled for disrespect when he once innocently mimicked Sister’s strong German accent.
At the end of his matric year he joked that he was ‘off to Ireland to pick potatoes’. Six months later, he entered the Franciscan Novice House in Killarney. After his noviciate, he spent three years at university in Galway acquiring a BA degree with Latin and English as his majors. To this day, he retains fond memories of Ireland and the many wonderful people he met there.
Young, Wilfrid Fox Napier enjoyed fishing Read More >>