OBLATES OF MARY IMMACULATE
VOL 4 No 1 January- February 2007
19th FEBRUARY CEDARA
Oblate Feast Day.
181st Anniversary Of Approval Of The Rule
IN THIS ISSUE:
- Good News about Ministry Appointments 2007
- Good News about Ministry Provincial Committee for Formation
- Good News about Ministry Aids Action Committee SJTI
- Good News about Oblate Life Workshops On Cultural Diversity
- Good News about People Father Mchunu Recovering
- Good News about People Father Michelson to Indonesia
- Good News about Formation Approval of Ordination to Diaconate
- Good News about Formation Admission to Temporary Vows 2007
- Good News about Formation 2007 Regency in Germany
- Oblate Administration Matters
The following appointments have been made:
Sean Coleman: Director of Ongoing Formation
Vusi Mazibuko: Chair Natal Province formation committee
Parish Priest St Joseph’s
Gerard House Hilton
Member, Oblate Education committee
Wayne Weldschidt: Parish Priest Christ the King Wentworth
Merlin Ince: Chaplain: Durban University of
Oblate Youth Ministry Durban Area
Fund Raiser Natal Province
Member Sydenham Oblate Community
Sithole: Assistant Priest: St Anne’s Parish,
Sydenham Oblate Community
Rensburg: Priest in Charge St
Mission Council Zimbabwe
Mission Fundraiser Zimbabwe Mission
Bafana Ndlovu: St Luke’s Mission, Lupane Zimbabwe
Mxolisi Ngcobo: Vocations Promoter
Kingsley Cooray: Sabon House
The Provincial Committee for Formation has been established. This committee will deal with matters of formation and is the official body for matters concerning the ministry of Oblate formation in Natal. It will include the areas of recruitment pre-novitiate, first formation at the novitiate and scholasticate, regency and ongoing formation.
The following are ex-officio members of this committee: Director of ongoing formation, Superior of St Josephs Scholasticate, Director of Cleland pre-novitiate, Director of the Regency programme and the Province vocations promoter.
At its first meeting Father Vusi Mazibuko was elected Chair person of this committee.
“No-one deserves to have AIDS” is the motto of St Joseph’s Theological Institute Aids Action Group which has been functioning for seven years. It is a ministry of the students at SJTI who wish to respond to the need for awareness and education about HIVAIDS in schools. Their particular concern is to combat immature and uninformed attitudes amongst school children leading to promiscuity and irresponsible sexual activity. The programme focuses on youth in government schools within the Pietermaritzburg district. The goal is to restore moral behaviour among youth and accompanying them in decision making in the area of sexuality.
Their “Youth for Life” programme runs workshops for various grades of school learners as well as retreats. The programme tries to develop a mentorship programme within schools to encourage life-giving patterns of moral behaviour among the youth. The programme has a clearly spiritual input.
Imparting moral values around the issue of HIV/AIDS is a priority of all Aids Action group members; and this is always done for the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Young people are the most vulnerable to infection as a result of uninformed attitudes. They are majority of those who are dying in society as a result of HIV/AIDS. One of the reasons why youth are dying at an early age is because they are not given proper information, which is normally influenced by the media and peers. Parents are now finding it difficult to control and teach their children who are moving with great speed to their graves.
Among the various topics discussed in the workshops are self-esteem, decision making, peer pressure, goals, vision for life, love and lust, HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, and intoxicating substances, abstinence, sex, love and happiness. All these topics are meant to help young people in their human growth and development.
The Aids Action Group has received many positive comments from principals, teachers, and parish priests. The Aids Action Group is willing to conduct follow up workshops, but the only problem that hinders our operation is lack of funds.
During 2007 they intend to conduct workshops at 24 schools in the Pietermaritzburg area. The budgeted costs for this are about R70,000. Unfortunately funding has dried up for the programme and new proposals to donors will take time. An appeal to the province had to be turned down because of our financial problems at this time. Consequently the group is appealing for whatever help they can get. If you wish to donate to the AIDS Action group please contact Brother Festus Zulu OMI, the chairperson of the group, or Father Dan Coryn, OMI the president of the Institute, Telephone 033-3433293.
Alternatively you can donate directly into Nedbank Corporate; Branch code 720026; Account Number 9005547265.
In order to respond to this directive we intend to organise two sets of workshops for members of the Province. The first will be a workshop on cultural diversity which will be held in the districts and formation houses in the first half of the year and the second will be a workshop on the “healing of memories” in the second half of the year.
The Cultural Diversity Workshop will be conducted by Father Noel Peters who has considerable experience in this area. He has given similar workshops and conferences to the Catholic Institute of Education, the Namibia Council for Religious and other Catholic agencies as well as to the South African Government departments of Education, Communications and Health, in a number of centres in the country.
He is a registered Clinical Psychologist in South Africa, the UK and the USA. He was Professor of Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in Fresno, California and Director of its Cross Cultural Psychology Proficiency Programme.
The workshops will be conducted on the retreat days in the Pietermaritzburg district in March and in the Durban district in April. Members of the Inchanga district may choose which of the two workshops they wish to attend.
The workshop will run from 9am to 4pm. It is most important that all Oblates ensure that they attend for the full programme.
A separate Workshop will also be available for the Animation Team at St Josephs Scholasticate together with Oblates involved in academic ministry at St Josephs Theological Institute. A fourth workshop will be available for the theologian scholastics at the St Josephs Scholasticate. The dates are given below.
Workshops all from 9am – 4pm
Pietermaritzburg district with some of Inchanga districts (venue Redacres)
Durban district with remainder of Inchanga Districts (Venue Sabon House new hall)
Scholasticate Animation Team and OMI lecturers SJTI
(Venue Scholasticate community room)
Scholastics: Theologians only
(Venue ue Scholasticate community room)
2nd half of year
Healing of memories workshops:
Animator to be announced
Father Mchunu Recovering
Grateful thanks for your continued prayer and support for Fr Mduduzi C Mchunu. He continues to improve. Latest tests show that his system is now clear of TB. In January and February he was encouraged to have a further two months of treatment given the serious nature of his infection. He is currently residing at Sabon House and members of the province are encouraged to visit him. May our Lord, the healer, give Fr Mchunu the strength he needs at this time. Let us keep praying for him especially through Blessed Joseph Gerard.
Father Michelson to Indonesia
Father Garth Michelson will represent the Natal province at an Oblate Symposium on Inter -Religious Dialogue. The focus of the SYMPOSIUM is ISLAM.
The Symposium will begin on the 3rd of March until the 6th 2007 and will be preceded by the AORC meeting. All this will be taking place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
The convenor will be Fr Andri A Atmaka OMI, who is the current Oblate provincial of Indonesia.
Fr Federico Labaglay, councillor for Asia, will coordinate the symposium. There will be about 35 participants mainly from Asia but also from the other regions of whom Father Garth is one.
At the gathering there will be opportunities of sharing of various Oblate and inter-religious experiences, visits and exposure to a Muslim seminary, sessions of input from resource persons (both Christian & Muslim), and finally the identification of a nurture core group to promote further dialogue. Further details will emerge as we go along, says Fr Federico Labaglay OMI writing from Rome in September of 2006.
7. Good News about Formation
The following have been approved for
ordination to the diaconate on 17 February at St Josephs
8. Good News
Admission to Temporary Vows 2007
The following were admitted to temporary vows in the last provincial council meeting
Scholastic in Germany: Ewen Swartz
Scholastics in Cedara:
Khumalo, Mondli Goodman Joseph
Mhlanga, John Nhlanhla
Dlamini, Sibusiso Michael
Mwenda, Joachim Bruce
9.Good News about Formation 2007 Regency in Germany
Bro Phumlani Ndlovu is on regency this year. The first part will be an exposure to administrative ministry at the provincial Office. After that he will go to Germany. This will give him the opportunity for an experience of Oblate mission in another context something that is increasingly encouraged by the congregation. He will leave in April and spend a few months in the Provincial House community learning German. During that time he will attend different youth meetings with the Scholastics and Novices. Later in the year he will go to another Oblate community where he will continue his language studies and where he could work in a parish and in youth ministry until the end of the regency period.
It is envisaged that he will eventually continue in Germany with his theological studies. We would like to thank the German Province for this opportunity.
10A, Policy on Property at the Death of an Oblate (Council minute 6.7 meeting 493)
All Oblates are required to provide an inventory of all Oblate Property in the place where they live. This is to avoid confusion between property belonging to the congregation and property belonging to the entity where they have been assigned for ministry. The document is included with this edition of OMI Update. All Oblates not living in an Oblate House including those living in residences in parishes must complete the form and return it to the Provincial Office. These forms should be completed and given in to the district superior at the March or April district meeting or at a community meeting. The Provincial Councillors will explain the document in more detail at the next district or community meeting.
In practice the responsibilities are as follows: Frs. M FOLEY in Zimbabwe; S DAVID at Gerard House; P FOLEY in Durban district; T ZONDI at the Pre-novitiate; M DLAMINI at the Inchanga District; V PHENYANE in the Pietermaritzburg district and V MAZIBUKO at the Scholasticate. The document needs to be signed in front of two witnesses. This is part of being accountable.
10B, De Mazenod Experience
“The De Mazenod Experience is a three months program, held at the International De Mazenod Centre at Aix-en-Provence, the cradle of our congregation, with a group of about fifteen fellow Oblates from all parts of the world”. It held from January to March each year.
All Oblates are encouraged to attend this programme once. Those who are interested to attend should inform us of the year they would be interested to attend. This will alow us to build up a roster in advance. Below is a form that will assist in this process. Please complete it and send it back to us if you are interested.
10C, Administrative Assistant Required
The Natal Province is looking for an Administrative Assistant in the Provincial Office, Congella Durban. Those interested, should complete the form found enclosed with this newsletter and fax it to the provincial office before 28 February.
A Milestone Year: St Michaels Mission 150
2007 marks an important year for the Oblates of Southern Africa and in particular this province. Later in the year we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of St Michael’s mission. It was the third foundation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in the Vicariate of Natal. The first and mother house was in Pietermaritzburg (St Mary’s, 1852). It was the original seat of the Vicar Apostolic. The second was in Durban (St Joseph’s, 1852). The third was at St Michael’s which was “officially opened on September 2, 1855 then closed and re-opened February 1858.
It was the first attempt by the Catholic Church in Southern Africa to evangelize the indigenous African population in their own context. This was done amongst the Zulu people and by that great African missionary Blessed Joseph Gerard. Like much of the Oblate history of Natal Province this is another story of failure and vindication that continues to inspire us in our ministry today.
The celebration will probably be in June and Oblates, especially Zulu Oblates, must make every attempt to be present at this feast. More details will follow.
Inter-Chapter Meeting In South Africa
The General Administration of the Congregation Oblate Provincials from all over the world will gather at the Oblate retreat centre at Hartebeespoort in October this year for the Inter-chapter meeting.
This is the first time that an Oblate International leadership meeting is held in South Africa. Provincials will visit various African provinces before and after the meeting and we look forward to welcoming some of them to the mother province of the Oblates on this continent. More details will follow as the year unfolds.
A Milestone Year:
200th Anniversary of Oblate Charism
Father General writes the following in his message for 17 February: “It was probably in 1807, on Good Friday of that year, that Saint Eugene had a special encounter with the Crucified One that changed his life. It essentially made him an Oblate. What we can celebrate in 2007 is not an anniversary of the Congregation, but rather an anniversary of our charism, the spiritual gift that makes us live - an anniversary of our Oblate spirituality”.
1 First Vows Windhoek
3 First Vows Johannesburg
17 Ordination of Deacons Cedara
19 Celebration of Approval of Rule Cedara
2-3 Visitation Gerard House
15-16 Provincial Council Congella, Durban
20-24 IPC Meeting
26 SJTI Annual Open Day
26 SJTI Graduation
27 Board Meeting at SJTI
28-29 Provincial Council Congella, Durban
|13 1978||C Rensburg||Birthday|
|16 1949||M Foley||Birthday|
|18 2002||W Weldschidt||Ordination|
|20 1965||Z Mbanjwa||Birthday|
|27 1944||J Nxumalo(Archbishop)||Birthday|
|28 1985||S Mbanjwa (Schol)||Birthday|
|29 2006||C Rensburg||Ordination|
|29 1931||G Purves||Birthday|
|A Tshuma (Schol)||Birthday|
|04 1940||J Money||Birthday|
|08 1991||S David||Ordination|
|08 1991||A Henriques||Ordination|
|09 1979||T Shoba (Schol)||Birthday|
|12 1945||P Schröder||Birthday|
|14 1977||S Dube||Birthday|
|19 1982||S Bate||Ordination|
|19 1982||P Horrocks||Ordination|
|19 1943||D Corijn||Birthday|
|23 1978||P Mudzudza (Schol)||Birthday|
|24 1963||E Clerkin||Ordination|
|25 1983||PC Ndlovu (Schol)||Birthday|
|26 1972||LZ Ngubane||Birthday|
|28 1954||J Mtolo||Birthday|
|28 1987||J Mtolo||Ordination|
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