Bishop Jan de Groef of Bethlehem presided over a Mass in Cedara, KwaZulu-Natal, to mark the 150th anniversary of the Society of Missionaries of Africa, of which he is a member.
Category: Christian Mission
As part of the bicentennial celebrations of the Catholic Church in South Africa, the archdiocese of Cape Town will host a Mass dedicated to missionaries in May.
Young volunteers have a unique opportunity to combine helping a Catholic mission with experiencing the wildlife of the Kruger Park. Catholic Volunteers Africa offers an ongoing 14-day volunteer/safari programme in association with Kruger Park tour operator Viva Safaris.
The late Fr Ted Rogers deserves credit for having taken a bold step to acknowledge the missionaries who were killed during the Rhodesian/Zimbabwean war of independence.
In only three years Francis Pfanner had become world-famous. In 1885 Mariannhill was given the status of an abbey, and Pfanner was consecrated its first mitred abbot. The abbot was passionate about spreading the benefits of education and Christianity further afield. Soon a network of mission churches sprang up through southern Natal, each on farmland that was sufficient to feed its congregants.
One of the defining moments in the growth of the Catholic Church of South Africa was the arrival of Abbot Franz Pfanner and his Trappist monks. NICKI VON DER HEYDE tells the story of the man born as Wendolin Pfanner.
The Witbank diocesan clergy met to discuss pastoral issues, present reports, and look at the important role that communication and the media play in today’s new evangelisation.
A youth project in Cape Town is offering various skills courses in the fields of computers, food preparation, bricklaying, and sewing — for only R200 each.
When a disciple of Jesus takes his or her baptismal call seriously, that person’s words and actions live on long after he or she leaves this world. An outstanding example of this truth is found in the prophetic discipleship of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
St Joseph’s Theological Institute will hold its fifth academic conference from April 5-7 at its campus in Cedara, near Pietermaritzburg. This year’s theme is “Formation for Mission and Ministry”, relating to the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment to be held in Rome in October.
By Didier Rance – The life and work of John Bradburne, the Vagabond of God , who was killed in 1979 in what is now Zimbabwe, had a powerful impact on me. I came to him late, indeed, after I had been working for more than 30 years studying the Catholic martyrs of our time.
An October e-mail was received from a South African charter pilot to the Central African Republic. He flies for global humanitarian organisations who “help the locals tremendously. The aircraft getting these supplies out to the people are the lifeblood of the country — without them they would have nothing. We are almost their only hope.”