PASTORAL LETTER, October 2018

18 October 2018

Dear Priests, Deacons and People of God,
I have just come back from the pilgrimages with renewed energy to serve you in this diocese with joy. Thank you for your prayers.

VOCATION PROMOTION
Those who have been discerning their vocations may apply with immediate effect so that we can meet the registration deadline with St. Francis Xavier, Orientation Seminary, Cape Town.… Read more

Prayers for Christian Unity

An excerpt from the Prayer for Christian Unity – 2018 – From the Carribean.
In a manner typical of their shared culture, our sisters and brothers in the Caribbean put this faith to music with The Right Hand of God.

The right hand of God
is writing in our land,
Writing with power and with love;
Our conflicts and our fears,
Our triumphs and our tears,
Are recorded by the right hand of God.… Read more

Celebrating Bible Sunday: 26 August 2018

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word’ (Heb l: 3 NIV)

Bible Sunday is a reminder of the call of the Church to make the Holy Bible the centre and the source of our spirituality. Take time to read the Bible – the Word of God – for it can be compared to
listening to a Symphony being played out by the God of all that is created – a single Word is expressed in many ways: in Jesus Christ, in Creation, in Sacred Scripture, in the Eucharist.… Read more

Letter to the Moderator, Uniting Presbyterian Church in South Africa

11 JULY 2018

To The Uniting Presbyterian Church In South Africa,
Emseni Brentwood Park, Benoni;
To the out-going moderator Dr R. Munthali;
T0 The General Secretrary Rev Lungile Mpentsheni,
Greeting from the Catholic Church in Southern Africa and from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in particular.

I am bringing greetings, prayers and best wishes to you on your special General Conference.

The Church of Scotland
On the 26th of October 2017, The Pope met the Church of Scotland delegation at the Vatican, just four days before Reformation Sunday.… Read more

Renew Africa

UNDERSTANDING RENEW AFRICA:  THE AIMS OF RENEW AFRICA

The aim of Renew Africa is to promote Pastoral renewal by empowering individuals and communities to encounter God in everyday life and to connect faith with action through Small Christian Communities (SCC). It is a parish-centred, diocesan-wide process, focusing on evangelization and spiritual renewal. It aims at building SCC’s that can help build a self-sustaining church.Read more

Lutherans & Catholics: Celebration

COMMEMORATION OF THE 500 YEARS OF THE REFORMATION

CELEBRATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION ON THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION

(Bishop Victor Phalana)

On October 31 2016, Lutherans and Catholics agreed on the need for unity that can be built through 5 common commitments. Working together for the suffering and for the protection of Creation.

The fact is that the success of the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reform went beyond every expectation.… Read more

Declaration on Ecumenism Ottmaring, February 21, 2017

One of the main goals of the Focolare Movement is Christian unity. Chiara Lubich first engaged the Movement in ecumenical dialogue in 1961 in Germany. Since that time, through fostering a “dialogue of life”, there has been fruitful collaboration with more than 300 Churches and ecclesial communities. For almost 50 years in its Ecumenical Centre in Ottmaring (Germany) the Focolare Movement and the ‘Fraternity of Communitarian Life’ (Vereinigung vom Gemeinsamen Leben) have been bearing witness to the deep fellowship that unites Christians in the one Body of Christ, despite divisions still existing between the Churches.… Read more

PASTORAL LETTER – September 2017

05 September 2017
DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS
LAUDETUR IESUS CHRISTUS! NUNC ET IN SAECULA SAECULORUM, AMEN.
PRAISED BE JESUS CHRIST! NOW AND FOREVER, AMEN.
A MORENA JESU KRESTE A BAKWE! JAANONG LE KA BOSENA-BOKHUTLO, AMEN.
I would like to thank you all for your great love and loyalty to Christ and to his Church. I can see your efforts in trying to make this diocese a wonderful, active, spirit-filled, evangelizing and generous place.… Read more

BLESSED TSHIMANGDADZO BENEDICT DASWA

Benedict-DaswawebTO ALL PARISH LITURGICAL COMMITTEES.

DO NOT FORGET THE FEAST OF BENEDICT DASWA – 01 FEB 2017. FOR THOSE WHO CAN GO TO TSHITANINI ON THE 1ST OF FEB, WHY NOT!!! LET US NOT WAIT FOR THE SHRINE TO BE ERECTED. LET US START OUR DEVOTIONS TO THIS MARTYR .. NOW!

NOVENA IN PREPARATION FOR THE FEAST OF BLESSED BENEDICT DASWA

The Feast of Blessed Benedict Daswa has been approved by Rome for 01 February.… Read more

PASTORAL LETTER – June 2016

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BISHOP PASTORAL LETTER JUNE 2016
“CALLED TO TRANSFORMATION, SENT TO EVANGELIZE”
JUNE 2016

1. RENEW AFRICA

After our diocesan consultations in 2015, we identified pastoral challenges and the needs of our diocese. It is now time to come up with a pastoral response. I have identified Renew Africa as a possible pastoral programme to answer of the needs of the diocese.… Read more

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