Mariannhill Missionary Appointed New Laity Coordinator for SACBC
After six years of service as the SACBC coordinating secretary in the Department for Formation, Life and Apostolate of the Laity, Fr Sakhie Simon Mofokeng has been reassigned back to his diocese of Bethlehem in the Free State.
Fr Nkosingiphile Cyril Ngubane, a member of Congregation of the Missionaries of Mariannhill widely known as Fr Skhumbuzo, has taken over from Fr Mofokeng.
Fr Ngubane was born in Ixopo and belonged to Mariathal mission before his family moved to Pietermaritzburg in the late 1980s.
He joined the Mariannhill Missionaries in 1996, making his first profession in 1998.
Fr Ngubane studied at St Joseph’s Theological Institute in Cedara in KwaZulu-Natal before his ordination to the priesthood on June 26, 2004, in St Joseph’s cathedral in Mariannhill.
He has been involved in parish work ever since.
The mandate of the Department for Formation, Life and Apostolate of the Laity is to serve dioceses by strengthening communion between the laity and the hierarchy, committed to the implementation of the vision of the SACBC as promoted by the Council for Evangelisation and other magisterial documents.
The department is also entrusted with the responsibility of initiating and implementing programmes for the ongoing formation of the laity, as envisaged by the teachings of Vatican Council II and other subsequent Church documents.
In the processes, it has to ensure that it promotes the participation of the laity in the life of the Church, giving attention to all, professional and lay.
It also coordinates sodalities, associations and lay movements.