SACBC Communication and Media Updates 29th June 2017


1. SACBC CARITAS WORKSHOP: During the past week SACBC Hosted the Caritas Workshop at Padre Pio Conference Centre in Rietvlei – Pretoria. It was conducted by Caritas International and Caritas Africa. The Purpose of the workshop was to find the best way of centralising all the charity activities operating under the Catholic Church in our region under one coordination umbrella. The workshop was attended by representatives from SACBC Secretariat Khanya House, Representatives from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Namibia, Representatives from Lesotho Catholic Bishops’ Conference and Representatives from all SACBC Dioceses. 

2. FR BONGANI MANZINI PASSING AWAY: About two weeks ago we lost one of our beloved priest Fr Bonagani Manzini who passed away suddenly at the very young age of 37. Fr Manzini was from the diocese of Witbank. He was laid to rest at Maria Trost in Lydenburg during the past Saturday. We would like to thank all who accompanied Fr Bongani to his last home. We continue to pray for his immediate family and the family of Witbank Diocese, friends and family and the church at large. May the soul of Fr Bongani Rest in Peace.

3. 200 YEARS LAUNCHING: On Sunday 25th June 2017, SACBC launched the Celebration of 200 years of the official Foundation of the Catholic Church in Southern Africa. The launching was hosted by the Archdiocese of Cape Town, where the Catholic Church first started in 1818.

The Celebration was graced by the presence of Archbishop Peter Wells, the Apostolic Nuncio in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland and Namibia; Catholic Bishops from SACBC region; Representation from Leadership Conference for Consecrated Life (LCCL); SACBC Secretariat, Priests from the Metropolitan of Cape Town and from other dioceses of the SACBC; Consecrated people from the hosting diocese and the people of God.

The Celebration ended with the reading of the message From Pope Francis by His Excellency Archbishop Peter Wells, wishing the best for the Church in Southern African. The Candles to be placed in the SACBC Cathedrals as a sign of unity of the Church in Southern Africa, were blessed and they will be lit during liturgical celebrations during this year of celebrating the foundation of faith in Southern Africa.

All the people of God from SACBC and Lesotho Catholic Bishops’ Conference (LCBC) are invited to honour the foundation of faith in Southern Africa by organising celebrations in their own dioceses, regions and parishes through collaboration with the diocesan leadership and their own parish priests. The celebration shall take place in different dioceses until the end of June Next Year 2018. The date for the official closing of the celebration will be put forward to you in a due time.

SACBC is busy translating 200 years Jubilee prayer in to different languages for different religions of SACBC. Hopefully very soon you will receive the prayer that you have to use in your parishes and official gatherings, to pray for the church in Southern Africa., including Lesotho and Namibia


 O God, sanctify us, your Church in Southern Africa and pour out the gifts of your Spirit upon us, who have been consecrated to you in baptism.

 Increase our faith that we may never cease to give thanks for your infinite treasures of mercy and goodness. 

 Root us in your Son Jesus Christ, that with hearts burning with desire to fulfil your will, we may share the joy, peace and abundance of life he gives us.

 Open our hearts to each other and remove our prejudices that the walls of injustice and division which your Son has destroyed may give way to the healing of the ethnic, racial and unjust divisions of our painful past.

 Let the bright sun of hope never set on our communities of faith, as we endeavour to follow always the example of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, by consecrating our lives to the service of our

 4. POPE’S DAY: On the 28th June was the Pope’s day. His Excellency Archbishop Peter Well, The Apostolic Nuncio of our Region gathered together with Bishops within his territory of governance for the celebration of the Day at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the Archdioceses of Pretoria. The Celebration was graced by diplomatic representation of different countries in the city of Pretoria and different dignitaries. For more information about this Celebration you can contact the SACBC Secretariat: 0123236458.

5. JOINT WITNESSES MEETING: Is when Southern Africa Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) and Leadership Conference of Consecrated Life (LCCL) come together in one room to discuss the issues that affect the church in our in the region. The meeting comes once in 3 years. During the second week of July 2017 on the 11 – 14. This meeting will be held in St John Maria Vianney Major Seminary in Waterkloof Pretoria. All 30 Bishops of SACBC will be part of the meeting together with Religious Superiors in the SACBC region. The updates about the meeting will be ushered to you.

6. ACTS CONFERENCE: Association of Catholic Tertiary Students (ACTS) is taking place in Mafikeng in the North West, since Sunday. The Conference focuses on the challenges facing Catholic Students at the Tertiary Level. The Association falls under SACBC Department of the Laity in the office of the Youth. Fr Sakhi Mofokeng, the general secretary of the department and Fr Mthembeni Dlamini, the SACBC National Youth Champlain and Sr Phuthunywa Siyali, the secretary general of the Department of Christian Formation, Liturgy and Culture are all in Mafikeng for different programs with the young people.

7. SACBC PLENARY IN AUGUST: The Second SACBC Plenary of this year will be held Marian Hill in August.

8. RRA KETUMILE MASIRE PASSES AWAY: SACBC would like to convey sincere condolences to all people of Botswana for the passing away of Rra Ketumile Masire. He will be laid rest on the 29th June 2017 in Gaborone Botswana.

9. MINI WORLD YOUTH DAY IN DURBAN: Will be held in Durban from the 3-10 December. Our youth from different dioceses shall flock to Durban to witness this wonderful occasion. SACBC encourages young people to attend the occasion in big numbers. There is still a lot of time for preparations. For registration please meet youth desk in your diocese and they will give you guidance. Registrations has already started. Remember the early bird catches the worm. Come and meet Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, Archbishop Peter Wells the Apostolic Nuncio to South African, Lesotho , Botswana Namibia and Swaziland and other SACBC Bishops. Mostly come and share the experience of life with other young people. The Mini World Youth Day will be also for the Preparation for the Synod of the Youth in October 2018 and the World Youth Day in Pamana in January 2019.

DEACONATE ORDINATIONS IN PRETORIA: During the past week we witnessed the deaconate ordination of Brother Davie Thawapo, a Stigmatine, by His Grace Archbishop William Slattery of Pretoria.  Tomorrow on the 1st July, two brothers from the Archdiocese of Pretoria will be ordained to deaconate: Bro Msiza and Bro Matlala.  In advance we congratulate them for this commitment they will be taking of offering their lives to the service of the Church in Southern Africa.  May their offering inspire other young people to listen to the voice of God calling them to offer themselves to the service of the Church. Let us continue to pray for them during their ministry as they prepare themselves for Priestly ordination in the near future.

PRIESTLY ANNIVERSARIES IN PRETORIA:  Again we congratulate number of priests who are celebrating 10 years anniversary in the Archdiocese of Pretoria.  We have Fr Amos Masemola who will be celebrating in the evening of today at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Pretoria at 17:00.  Be there to grace the day by celebrating with this servant of God.  Tomorrow at 10:00 am Fr Richard Rathari will also celebrate at the parish of St Mark in Mabopane, while Fr Moses also will be celebrating in Winterveldt, Fr Samuel Sethsedi, Fr Patrick Phiri and Fr Michael Maluku are part of this group.  Definitely there are other SACBC Priests celebrating their priestly anniversaries during this weekend.  May the Good Lord bless them all.

For more information contact: SACBC Communication Office: 0123236458



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