News from Aliwal
North, De Aar,
Hilton and Pietermaritzburg Communities:
01 February: SCJ South African Province celebrated the installation of the new Provincial, Fr. Zolile Petros Mpambani SCJ and his council. Representatives of the Holy Cross Sisters, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart and the priests of Aliwal diocese attended mass celebration at 11:00 am, SCJ Monastery's chapel in Aliwal North. Former Provincial Fr. Peter Surdel SCJ presided over the Eucharist and Bp. Adam Musialek of De Aar diocese shared the word of God with the community present there. Congratulations to the new Provincial and his council.
10 February: In this our world where everyone longs for prestige and fame, it is still possible to find people who are ready to bring testimony to the relevance of faith in God to the point of consecrating their lives to the service of God and others. ‘Love one another just as I have loved you’ (John 13:4), this is a scripture passage which animates the ordination of three brothers to the diaconate on the 10th February 2013 at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Eastwood South Africa. They are from the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred-Heart of Jesus, belonging to the Mozambican Province, namely, Tadeu Ernesto Loba, Mauritanio Valentim and Estefano Jacob Jonasse, all residing at the International Formation House in Pietermaritzburg.
Bp. Adam Musialek of De Aar diocese, presided over the Eucharist and ordained our three brothers by laying on hands on them. With the assistance of many concelebrating priests, the celebration was also honoured by the presence of Fr. Carlos Lobo, Provincial Superior of the Priests of the Sacred-Heart in Mozambique and Fr. Zolile Mpambani, the newly elected Provincial Superior of the SCJs in South Africa.
It is appropriate to appreciate and to thank the three young men for their readiness and courage to serve God’s people. Our prayer and longing is that they may be assisted by all the gifts of the Holy Spirit and may many more young men and women avail themselves to work in God’s vineyard.
27 February: Bp. Adam Musialek of De Aar diocese and Fr. Paul Koscielny SCJ who ministers in Colesberg visited parishioners at St. Theresa church in Noupoort. On this occasion Bishop introduced Fr. Koscielny as their new parish priest, since Fr. Colin Bowes went on his retirement. An official later by Bishop confirmed the new appointment.
27 February: Fr. Charles Rayan and Fr. Charles Brown SCJ of the US Province paid a short fraternal visit to the Hilton Community and St. Joseph Theological Institute in Cedara.
03 August: “No more Father Zolile but Bishop Zolile,”
These were the words that we could hear during the Episcopal ordination of Zolile Petros Mpambani, SCJ, on Saturday. Fr. Zolile, 56, was professed in 1982 and ordained in 1957. He has been involved in pastoral work, the novitiate and formation of scholastics, general administration and local administration. Of course, since February he was the provincial superior of the South African Province.
“Approximately 30 bishops and over 100 priests (diocesan and religious) took part in Bishop Zolile’s ordination, as well as the faithful of the Kokstad Diocese. Fr. Zolile received his Episcopal ordination from the hands of Archbishop William Slattery, OFM, of Pretoria. The two witnessing bishops were Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town and Bishop Michael Wustenberg of Aliwal.
Among the SCJs were two bishops from Mozambique and one bishop from South Africa. Confreres from other provinces were present too, from Cameroon, Congo, Mozambique, Indonesia, Germany, the United States, Poland and the General Administration.
The whole event – it lasted almost six hours — was well organized. The chorus entertained the assembly well.
Our new Bishop Zolile Petros Mpambani will take care of God’s people in the Diocese of Kokstad, the home of the present Cardinal of South Africa, Wilfrid Napier, OFM. We wish Bishop Zolile many graces as he spreads the love of the Sacred Heart, as his motto says, ‘As I have loved you.’
16 August: The RSA Province held the Elective Assembly in Aliwal North. The new Provincial and his Councilors were chosen and later on approved by the General Superior with his Council.
30 August: The installation of the new RSA Administration took place in Aliwal. That event was celebrated by Bp. M. Wüstenberg who presided over the Eucharist, by representatives of the Holy Cross Sisters, the Sacred Heart Sisters, and the SCJ members of the province.
02 September: Fr. Provincial received two candidates to the initial program which was held in our new house in Johannesburg.