Author: Raymond Perrier

We Are Easter People!

We wished people a Happy Easter last Sunday but are you doing so this Sunday? Easter for Christians is not a one-off event: rather it is a season lasting a full 50 days and our joy should continue to overflow this year until June 9, this year’s date for Pentecost.

Think Before You Give!

The Lord reminds us it is better to give than to receive. During Lent, I am sure that most readers are focused on the value of giving. But as someone who runs an organisation that...

Why We Have to Plan for Successors

In Durban, we recently rejoiced to welcome Archbishop Abel Gabuza as coadjutor. When, in time, he succeeds Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, he will be only the sixth bishop of the territory in nearly 170 years....

At Home in the Universal Church

When Pope Francis canonised Archbishop Oscar Romero, Pope Paul VI and five others this month, Raymond Perrier was there. Here he reflects on that experience. The meaning of Catholic is of course “universal”. It...

The Power of the Movies

Films can entertain, thrill, terrify, educate. They can be feel-good, feel-bad and feel-sad. Some are hugely impactful but most films are like the popcorn we consume while watching them. St Ignatius of Loyola, the...

Are Our Parishes catholic?

Happy Birthday to all of us. Pentecost is often called the birthday of the Catholic Church and so that means we can all indulge in a piece of cake  — and it has got to a pretty large cake to accommodate 1985 candles!

Let the Truth Set us Free

The story of the Church began with a whole evening of unjust trials – Jesus brought before the Sanhedrin and the Roman governor to defend himself against trumped-up charges and in a highly politicised process. The Church’s birth through injustice – condemning not only Jesus but many of the early Apostles – has given it a good basis on which to challenge corrupt policing, biased courts and inhumane laws