Memorial Mass to be held for Fr Ted Rogers SJ
Cardinal Wilfrid Napier will celebrate a memorial Mass for the late Fr Ted Rogers SJ who died in January at the age of 93. The Mass will be held in St Ann’s Hall at Mariannhill monastery on Friday, February 23 at 17:30.
Concelebrants will be Frs Bheki Shabalala CMM, provincial of the Mariannhill Missionaries, and Lawrence Mota CMM, superior of Mariannhill monastery.
The Zimbabwean Choir of Emmanuel cathedral will lead the singing, including some Shona and Ndebele items.
Refreshments will be provided and Fr Rogers’ two books, Ted Rogers: Jesuit, Social Pioneer and AIDS Activist in Zimbabwe and Missionary Martyrs of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe: 1976 to 1988, will be on sale. The latter was published just weeks before Fr Rogers’ death in Britain.
Cardinal Napier recalled of Fr Rogers: “The most fruitful time in our friendship was when he was director of the secretariat of Imbisa (the Inter-regional Meeting of Bishops in Southern Africa).
“True to form, Fr Ted was not only thinking of things to do and ways to do them. “No, he was always challenging us bishops and other leaders in the Church to see the needs of the people in our care and to devise the most effective ways of meeting them,” the cardinal said.
Fr Ted Rogers published his memoir – read the review The amazing life of a Jesuit in Zimbabwe