Fr Victor Kotze Celebrates Diamond Jubilee
By Val Leeming – A Mass was celebrated to mark the diamond jubilee of the ordination of Fr Victor Kotze of Johannesburg.
The Mass, at St Francis Xavier parish in Martindale, was concelebrated by Jesuit Fathers Russell Pollitt and Michael Lewis.
The theme was the holy priesthood and how all are called to serve others in various vocations, both the laity and priesthood alike.
Fr Lewis spoke about Fr Kotze’s gifts of compassion and humility, his love for justice, and his gift of counselling those in need.
Fr Kotze has been at St Francis Xavier for over 40 of his 60 years as a priest, and some of his accomplishments include the opening of the Martindale Counselling Centre.
Many of Fr Kotze’s family attended the celebration including his sister, Val Halley-Wright, and his nephews and nieces who came from all over the world to join the event.