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Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate - Natal Province


OBLATES OF MARY IMMACULATE

Natal Province

The Mother Province of the Oblates in Africa

OMI NATAL Update

 

VOL 4 No 3                     May - July 2007


Focus on Education Ministry


TOP NEWS

Retreats 2007

7-12 October.      Bluff: Directed Retreat

14-19 October.    Redacres Preached

           (Father Terry Barnard, OMI)

 

2June

150 Anniversary of St Michaels Mission

Venue Ndonyane See map on last page

Mass 9.30 a.m.

 


IN THIS ISSUE:

TOP NEWS:



  PROVINCIAL'S DIARY

  DATES TO GIVE THANKS

    CONTACT


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1.Good News About People

Bros. Nkululeko Meyiwa OMI BTh; Sibonelo Mbanjwa OMI, Dip Phil and Phumlani Ndlovu OMI BA Phil. at the second graduation ceremony at SJTI on 26 March

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2.Good News About Ministry

New President SJTI

Father Sylvester David OMI has been appointed new President of St Josephs Theological Institute. He will be installed on 3 September 2007. He is currently completing a doctorate in Scripture Studies at the School of Theology in Pietermaritzburg

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3.Good News About Ministry SJTI  Staff Builds Capacity

The faculty of St Josephs Theological Institute at the SJTI graduation ceremony  together with Board Chairperson Father Stuart Bate and Archbishop Buti Tlhagale of Johannesburg who was the keynote speaker.

Fr Luke MLILO, CMM, (front row second left in the picture), Dean of Studies at St Josephs Theological; Institute Cedara, graduated with a PhD in Scripture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg. His supervisor was Professor Jonathan Draper of the School of Theology at the university. Father Paul Decock who is also Professor at the same university was the co-supervisor. The School of Theology at the University is part of the Pietermaritzburg Cluster of Theological Institutions. St Josephs Theological Institute is also a member of this cluster which makes the Pietermaritzburg-Cedara region one of the major theological centres in South Africa, and indeed the continent as a whole.  Father Mlilo’s thesis was on John the Baptist. The title is None Greater than John the Baptist: Towards a socia--description and
narrative-theological study on John the Baptist in Luke-Acts

A number of other staff members have graduated in recent years with Masters and doctoral degrees. Four others are currently completing doctorates. All this continues to increase the capacity of SJTI to provide high quality tertiary education in Philosophy, Theology and the Humanities.

St Josephs also runes its own postgraduate programme through the School of theology and three students graduated from this programme Two received Masters degrees. Sylvester KANSIMBI, Sylvester CSsP and Linus NGAM, FMS (Marist Brother) both received Master of Theology degrees and Sister Bernadette MASEKAMELA, SC (Sisters of Calvary, Botswana).received a B.Th (Honours) degree

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4.Good News about Ministry

Building Unity in the Province

South Africa is a multicultural nation emerging from years of discrimination and division in which racial stereo types and attitudes almost destroyed the country. We Oblates have also been affected by the negative and sinful dimensions of the society. This mainly happened to us long before we entered the congregation in our primary socialisation as children. The province identified the need to heal ourselves from these wounds as one of the main priorities and at the 2006 the following resolution was made.

11. Congress 2006 calls local Superiors to provide opportunities for community and team- building, and workshops that cultivate effective communication and integration of cultural diversity in community

The first step taken to begin this process was a workshop on cultural diversity held in the various local communities of the province. During the first half of 2007 Father Noel Peters OMI conducted this seven hour workshop in five different communities of the province: the three districts; the scholastics in theology at Cedara and finally the Oblate formators together with the Oblate lecturers at SJTI.

The workshops have been an overwhelming success. Here are some of the comments received

The motto of South Africa is: !ke e: /xarra //ke. It is written in the Khoisan language of the /Xam people. It literally means "diverse people unite". It addresses each individual effort to harness the unity between thought and action. On a collective scale it calls for the nation to unite in a common sense of belonging and national pride - unity in diversity. To hear the motto go to http://www.info.gov.za/aboutgovt/symbols/coa/index.htm where you will find an audio file.

It is clear that with the first cultural diversity workshop we have begun exploring a matter that is vital to our future as a province in this country. The consensus was that more time is required to go more deeply into this matter and we will look for ways do that during the second half of the year.

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5.Challenges for Ministry

Pray For Our Ministries At Cedara

We have received some signs that we may hear some good news regarding the land claim at Cedara which we have contested.

This is the time for all those who believe in the value of these ministries for the Church and the society in which we live, to pray for them and their continued existence at Cedara. We are asking that this prayer be made through the intercession of St Joseph.

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6.Good News about Ministry

Collection of Financial Resources Improves

The provincial treasurer has reported an increase in the contributions of most parishes and communities to the financial resources of the province. Our gratitude goes to those who really tried. We encourage others to try harder.  Those who have nor yet submitted their contributions are asked to do so urgently

COLLECTIONS (as at 16 May 2007)

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS  COLLECTION

           PIOUS LISTS

 EASTER COLLECTION

 

 

 

2004

2005

2006

2004

2005

2006

2005

2006

2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assumption

10206

7743

8949

2595

3002

3421

7541

6639

7842

Bergville

 

518

800

 

700

1200

940

600

1100

1003

Bluff

 

 

6854

8150

10427

4623

3285

4755

 

6789

11383

Cedara

 

1120

940

4746

5470

1385

4169

 

1490

 

Elandskop/KwaMadlala

64

200

277

 

 

 

 

200

 

Estcourt

 

850

2000

1500

2200

4000

4600

550

2100

1500

Mpumalanga

1600

 

 

1200

 

 

1335

 

 

Imbubu

 

1020

1300

3020

7093

7467

11500

1049

3550

2981

Inchanga/Camperdown

478

757

254

2115

1350

1602

 

1415

 

Machibisa

 

 

3260

 

5470

4250

8200

1139

5332

 

Matikwe

 

415

 

 

1500

1400

 

 

 

 

Montclair/Merewent/Clairwood

6135

6993

6955

3760

9306

8390

11507

9300

5709

Mooi River

 

 

800

810

2460

2600

2100

534

800

 

Ntshongweni

3024

 

650

555

1000

650

 

 

 

Ntuzuma

 

5290

1052

1617

4290

4720

5508

1332

1928

2630

Pietermaritzburg - St Mary's

11748

15800

14569

5734

5920

6850

11922

7000

13053

Port Shepstone

2671

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redhill

 

10283

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sabon House

 

 

 

 

325

710

 

 

2233

Sydenham/Reservoir Hills

14924

15560

12451

8898

8814

8836

19203

13373

15241

Virginia

 

33386

35628

36719

7532

6620

 

18146

22958

32129

Wentworth

 

11773

12386

23615

6005

6766

9024

8114

11411

14788

Westville

 

8700

9000

13000

4000

3800

10000

 

6000

7000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

..Total

 

 

131059

122369

139559

76200

77210

91255

82973

101386

117492

 

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Provincial's Diary

Provincial's Diary

MAY


2         SACBC Clergy Meeting on HIV/AIDS Pretoria
2-8     Visitation Durban District
19       Ordination Nkululeko Meyiwa, Inchanga
21       Oblate day: Blessing of New Chapel Sabon House (Congella)
23       SACBC Clergy Meeting on HIV/AIDS Durban

 
JUNE


2 10  Anniversary St Michaels Mission Ndonyane
6-7    Provincial Council Meeting
11     Professional Conduct Committee, Workshop with Fr Frank Morrisey OMI, Cleland     
16     OMI Youth Day Tills Crescent Stadium Durban
23     Ordination Andrew Knott Eastwood
 

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Dates to Give Thanks

JUNE

01 Garth MICHELSON Birthday
13 Mario CERUTI Ordination
13 Barry WOOD Birthday
16 Denardo GNANAPRGAS Birthday
20 Chris LOCKYER Birthday
20 Chris LOCKYER Ordination
21 Zaba MBANJWA Ordination
21 Noel PETERS Ordination
23 Noel COUGHLAN Ordination
28 Rodney BOYD Ordination
29 Stuart BATE Ordination
29 Frank DUFFY Ordination
29 Peter FOLEY Ordination
29 Paddy MCMAHON Ordination
29 John PATTERSON Ordination

JULY

 

02 Joseph MONEY Ordination
03 Robert DA SILVA Ordination
06 Andrew KNOTT Birthday
07 Innocent MASIYIRA(Schol) Birthday
08 Robert DA SILVA Birthday
11 Karl STRUVE Ordination
14 Barry WOOD Ordination
22 Nkululeko MEYIWA Birthday
24 Kingsley COORAY (Bro) Birthday
24 Cedric MCHUNU Birthday
25 Rodney BOYD Birthday
28 Chris RICHMOND Birthday
29 Thomas ZONDI Birthday
30 Donovan WHEATLEY Ordination
31 Allan MOSS Ordination

 

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OMI NATAL Update

Newsletter of the Natal Province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

Provincial: Fr Stuart C BATE, OMI; : Box 17035, Congella, 4013 South Africa

Street Address: 39 Pioneer Road, Congella, Durban, 4001; E-mail address: scbate@omi.org.za

: 031 205 9321 Fax: 031 206 0270 Cell 082 7121047

Please send all submissions enquiries and comments to the editor


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