With great sadness the Diocesan Office would like inform you of the sad news that some of you might have heard. Fr. Sicelo Vilakazi (parochial administrator) at Mbongolwane Parish was involved in a road accident and died on Easter Sunday (20 April 2014) afternoon. Detailed information regarding funeral arrangements shall be communicated to you promptly. Let us remember his family, the parish he served, and his religious community – the TOR at this time. Eternal rest grant to him O Lord…
Rev. Dennis Xulu
This and that of life tend to compel us to increase internal speed! Taking children to school, rushing to work, getting into several meetings, to mention a few are amongst many commitments that move us away of ourselves. Who are we without ourselves? Who am I without me? What will it profit me to embrace activism and forget serving me in me? Slow down!
We need to slow down so that the spirit may rise.
Slowing down brings us to be at home with the core of our existence. The spirit expands when I slow down. Our savior brought Himself down – became poor that we become rich. So slow down! The Lenten season is a time to deepen our love of God through prayer. His holiness Pope Francis in his Lenten message 2014 which is based on 2Cor 8:9 reflects on poverty, in this way bringing us to look closely at ourselves. Christ became poor so that by his poverty we might become rich. God’s becoming man is absolutely a great mystery. But, the reason for all this is his love (pope Francis adds); a love which is grace, generosity, desire to draw near, a love which does not hesitate to offer itself in sacrifice for beloved.
The experience of love we immense ourselves in when we slow down undoubtedly moves us to witness in the poor in our parishes, communities and nation. In imitating Christ our Master we are called to confront poverty of our brothers and sisters; to teach it, to make it our own and to practically take a step to alleviate it and share love with others. And, of course this is possible when we slow down from our business as usual attitude and rhythm.
So may this season make us aware of our richness so that through the arms we give may we bring blessings to others. Let us be church of service in contrast to activism, justice instead of being obsessed with personal gains. So, slow down!
It is with great pleasure to share with you that on February 02, 2014, the Holy Father Pope Francis appointed Rev. Fr. Vincent Mduduzi Zungu, O.F.M., Definitor General for Africa and the Middle East, in Rome as Bishop of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth (South Africa).
Fr. Vincent Mduduzi Zungu, O.F.M., was born on April 28, 1966. He is the son and brother of our Diocese of Eshowe from MBONGOLWANE PARISH. Bishop Elect Vincent Zungu is the second bishop from our diocese and from MBONGOLWANE PARISH. He studied Philosophy and Theology at St. John Vianney Major Seminary, in Pretoria. He entered the Franciscan Order on January 18, 1988. He obtained a Licentiate in Moral Theology at the Catholic University of Strasbourg, France (2001-2005). He was ordained a priest on July 8, 1995.
Since ordination he has served in various pastoral and diocesan roles: 1996-1999: Assistant priest in the Mission of Hardenberg; 2000-2006: Master of Novices and Guardian of the convent of Besters; 2007-2008: Professor of the St. John Vianney Major Seminary, Provincial Vicar and Assistant of the Postulants; 2008-2009: Provincial of the Franciscans in South Africa.
Msgr. Vincent Mduduzi Zungu
Date: 28 June 2014,
Venue: Port Elizabeth
More details: to be added