Category: Priests

My Life as a Priest Gives Me Great Joy

I would like to convey the joy of being a priest. Throughout the month of November, I have been giving retreats to different sodalities at the parish where I serve, St Charles Lwanga in Botshabelo, in the archdiocese of Bloemfontein.

Valuing the Priesthood

Peter Hendricks, Cape Town – Archbishop Buti Tlhagale of Johannesburg, who called for the excommunication of all priests who abuse minors (November 7), should be given the Nobel Peace Prize. His statement shows how...

St Benedict’s College Opens Innovative Media Centre

Saint Benedict’s College in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, has a new media centre, offering “not just books on shelves but a space for collaboration and innovation”. Fr J Robert de Sylva Media Centre was officially opened...

Prayer for Priests

Pat Rother, Cape Town – With all the trouble in the Catholic Church, I feel we need to pray for our priests. There are thousands of priests affected by what some have done. We...

Vincentian Father Ignatius Ou, Rest in Peace

Bishop Vincent Zungu and the Port Elizabeth deanery celebrated the funeral Mass of 95-year-old Vincentian Father Ignatius Ou. Fr Ou came to Port Elizabeth to minister to the city’s Chinese Catholic community. (Submitted by...

Fr Sylvester David OMI to Head US Theology School!

An SA priest is to succeed Southern Cross columnist Fr Ron Rolheiser as head of US theology school in SanAntonio, Texas. A South African Oblate has been appointed to head a prestigious United States school...

Fr John Thompson Moves to Lesotho!

Salesian Father John Thompson celebrated his last Mass at St John Bosco parish in Robertsham, Johannesburg, before leaving for a new post in Lesotho. Fellow Salesian priests Frs Tumelo Pone, Canice Dooley, Joy Sebastian...

Father Boniface D’Souza’s Silver Jubilee!

Carmelite Father Boniface D’Souza celebrated his silver jubilee with parishioners from St Joseph’s in Actonville, Our Lady of Loreto in Kempton Park, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Benoni, fellow priests, and deacons....

Jesus Makes a Case for Priestly Celibacy

In the Cleansing of the Temple, Jesus quoted a passage from Isaiah 56:7, namely: “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (Mk 11:17). The American theologian Brant Pitre reflected on...

Priest Builds House for Poor Family

By Sr Phatsimo Ramokgwebana SC – A  priest built a house and then handed it over to a single mother of ten children. Fr Foster Olator is stationed at Lwapa la Lerato parish in Jwaneng,...