SA and Namibian Franciscans Meet to Map their Way Ahead
By Fr Patrick Noonan OFM – Franciscans from Namibia and South Africa discussed their way forward when they assembled at La Verna Retreat Centre in Johannesburg.
The assembly was facilitated by visitators-general Fr Amaral Bernardo Amaral from Mozambique and Fr Jesus Aguirre from Mexico/US.
Among the subjects tabled, discussed and debated were pastoral commitments, life of prayer, evangelisation, ongoing formation of young friars, vocations, and portfolio reports from local Franciscan leaders, provincial restructuring and financial matters.
During the conference, a new leadership was elected.
Fr Siphelele Gwanisheni (Eastern Cape) was elected provincial, and Fr Solomon Mpela (Gauteng) vice-provincial.
Elected as advisers were Frs Jeff Jawaheer (Mauritius), Clement Kholopa (Ghana), Vumile Nogemane (Eastern Cape), Thabo Sefoli (Free State) and Ndumiso Khumalo (KZN).