OBLATES OF MARY IMMACULATE
Vol.3 Issue 2 March 2006
IN THIS ISSUE:
Good News About People:
the 28th of January 2006, Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo
ordained Charles Haddon RENSBURG OMI
to the priesthood. This event took place at St. Mary's Cathedral at 10 AM.
He is the first Zimbabwean born Oblate priest….
Good News About People:
Knott makes Final vows in Rome
General together with the six Oblates who made final vows in Rome in January.
Andrew Knott (Natal) is second from left. We reported on this story in the
last issue of OMI Natal Update.
3. Good News About
Charles NABWENJE OMI
and Jeffrey MADONDO OMI
made their final profession at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Bulawayo on
liturgy was beautiful and the whole day festive.
4. Good News About
Nkululeko MEYIWA and Mthokozisi MNCWABE made their final vows on 20 February at St Joseph's Scholasticate, Cedara.
5. Good News About
Novices make first Vows
Peneng MOHLAKOANA (Natal),
Cyril MPULO (Natal) and Faustino
KALEBWE (Zim.) made their first vows in Namibia on 2 February.
Stephen BROWN (Natal),
Thabani SHOBA (Natal) and Ndodana TSHUMA (Zim.) made their first vows in
Johannesburg on 3 February
was a good turnout of local priests and also visiting priests from South
Africa and Zambia. Amongst them were Frs. Stuart BATE OMI,
the Provincial of the Natal Province South Africa; Fr. Vusumuzi MAZIBUKO OMI,
the Superior of St. Joseph's Scholasticate; Fr. Luke CHEKETRI OMI
from the Northern Province, South Africa and Fr. Celestino CHISHIMBA OMI
from Limulunga Zambia. Two Archbishops were present, Archbishop Pius Ncube,
the Presider and Archbishop Emeritus Henry Karlen CMM.
There were also a number of visitors from South Africa, among them Bro.
Sibonelo MBANJWA OMI
who also sang a few solo pieces.
the absence of his mother, Mrs. Juliana Rensburg, who unfortunately could
not be present, Charles was presented to God by his uncle and aunt - Mr. and
Mrs. Eric Rensburg. At the end of the liturgy, Father Bate commissioned him to
his first obedience received from Father General. It is to the Mission of
cathedral parish generously invited everyone present to a lovely meal at which
speeches were made and songs were sung.
Sunday the 29th Fr. Charles Rensburg celebrated his Mass of Thanksgiving at
his home church and outstation of the Cathedral Parish. The people received
him with great joy and participated vibrantly in the liturgy. At the end of
Mass there was entertainment and a meal for all present. Fr. Rensburg spent a
good four hours giving his personal blessing to the faithful present.
and friends came from far and wide to lend support and witness the event.
Archbishop Pius Ncube presided at the liturgy. The homily was preached by
Mission Superior, Fr. Michael FOLEY OMI, who
also received their vows on behalf of Fr. General. Charles received the
mission cross previously used by the late Frs. Charles HUGO OMI
while Jeffrey took the cross of the late Fr. Isidore FREOUX OMI.
Celebration of the 180th anniversary of the approbation of the Oblate rule was
celebrated at St Josephs Cedara on 20 February. More than 120 Oblates and a
large contingent of visitors from Johannesburg, Durban, Mophela, Inchanga,
Hammarsdale, and other parts of the province joined in the celebration. Many
of these were relatives, friends and parishioners of Brother Nkululeko MEYIWA
and Brother Mthokozisi MNCWABE who made their perpetual profession as Oblates
of Mary Immaculate before the Provincial.
Stuart configured his homily around three lines of scripture: one from each of
the three readings in the Mass. In calling the newly professed to focus on the
mission God has for them, he reflected on the text from Jeremiah 29:11 "I
know the plans I have in mind for you; it is Yahweh who speaks". These
plans are based on our Oblate mission to evangelise the poor (Luke 4:18). He
encouraged them to base their perpetual commitment on their Oblate journey in
the Spirit following the crucified Jesus: "Let us go forward on the road
that has brought us to where we are" (Phil.3:16). Quoting extensively
from the first encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI, he asked the newly professed
to recognise the true presence of God in the giving and receiving of love.
"In a world where the name of God is sometimes associated with vengeance
or even a duty of hatred and violence… I wish in my first Encyclical to
speak of the love which God lavishes upon us and which we in turn must share
with others" (§1). Pope Benedict calls this love "oblative
love" (§7) sourced in the self-oblation of Jesus on the cross (§13). He
reminds us that "Jesus gave this act of oblation an enduring presence
through his institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper." (§ 13. In
this way the oblation of these two brothers is a sign of their commitment to
receive this love in their relationship with Jesus especially in the Eucharist
and to give this love in care for others.
keeping with our tradition of handing mission crosses down from Oblate to
Oblate. Bro Nkululeko received the mission cross of the late Father Michael
Nkosi OMI and Bro Mthokozisi received the mission cross of Father George Qwabe
6. Good News about
a ceremony at St Josephs Scholasticate on 19 February, three Oblates formators
were handed their letter of appointment as new formators at the scholasticate
and formally welcomed into the community. They are Father Frank McGreal from
the Northern Province of South Africa, Brother Max Mwakacheya from Zambia and
Father Raymond Mwangala from Zambia.
Frank McGreal OMI has been involved in Oblate formation for a number of
years. He was the first director of the Northern Province
pre-novitiate when it was situated at Munsieville, a position he held from
approximately 1978 until he went to London in 1985 to study for a Masters
Degree at the School of African and Oriental Studies.
On his return he was sent as Priest in Charge to Eldorado Park, a
position he has held for 13 years. During
this period he has maintained contact with the formation ministry. He has for years been a spiritual director at the Novitiate.
He has a passion for history, and has taught the Novices the history of the
Congregation for a number of years. Despite
his 69 years, we thank him for his willingness to take on the challenge of the
move to Cedara and the life of the Scholasticate.
Maximillian Mwakacheya comes from Zambia. He did some of his initial formation
at Cedara in the 1990s. Since then he has been working in the missions and at
the Radio station in Zambia. He fills an important gap left by the departure
of Brother Don from the formation team in Cedara last year. This is because
eight Oblates in first formation at Cedara are candidates for the Oblate
brotherhood. We know that Brother Max will be model for these candidates. He
lives a simple life style and is committed to his religious life. He is an
understanding person who is interested in listening to peoples story in a
Raymond Mwangala is a young Oblate who completed his first formation in 2003.
He is a person who is easily approachable and strongly committed to the value
of the formation process. He has already spent some time in formation in the
Prenovitiate in Zambia and comes to Cedara to benefit from the on site
training in formation that comes from participating in the highly experienced
formation team there. He has done very well in his academic studies and will
teach some courses in philosophy. He is an open and listening person who is
easy to approach. He is honest with people and with himself. He is a community
person who sees the value of a structured life. His insightful nature will
help him make a valuable contribution to the formation team.
Good News about Oblate Ministry
Oblates lecturing at SJTI
Josephs Theological Institute has acquired the service of two Oblate academics
from North America. Father David
Power the well-known liturgical and sacramental theologian has been to Cedara
before. He will lecture on History of Liturgy and Liturgical Foundations. The
other is Father Richard Wolak. He is a Canadian Oblate from Lacombe Province.
It is his first time with us though he has taught in Zambia before. He will
lecture on Moral Theology. Both Oblates will stay at Gerard House in Hilton.
We are delighted to welcome them amongst us.
Provincial Congress in July
I apologise for the confusion around dates for the Congress in the last
newsletter. This was caused by a last minute change to allow the Zimbabwean
Oblates to arrive for the beginning of the Congress after their Sunday duties
in the parishes there. These are
the correct details. Please diarise them.
Glenmore Pastoral Centre, Durban.
Monday 24 July
with supper at 6.30 pm)
Thursday 27th July
around 4.30 pm)
Restructuring of South African Provinces
to superiors re unification report
of communities and districts are reminded of their duty to submit a report
indicating the views the Oblates in their community about the task team
report. In the last newsletter I
wrote the following:
and district reports should be sent to the Provincial office by no later than
the end of February so that we can prepare a Natal Provincial statement to the
Restructuring committee meeting. This committee meets early in April".
DATE (the end of February) NO REPORTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED.
must ask superiors please to give this matter your urgent attention.
At the last Provincial Council meeting it was noted that a number of Oblates over the age of 65 have not applied for a State pension. All these men have served the Church and the country their whole lives. It is a sad state of affairs that we cannot support our elderly Oblates in their Golden years. But the present perilous state of finances means that this is an increasing reality. The country also has a duty in that regard and they are willing to help in providing this pension.
That is why it is essential that all Oblates who qualify should apply for a State pension as soon as possible. If you have difficulties with the procedure please contact the Provincial treasurer.
Information on ID still required
the last newsletter we published a list of Oblates who still need to furnish a
photocopy of their ID book to us. Some have still not done that. This is a
the January meeting of the Natal provincial Council a document entitled Natal
Province Employment policies, practices and procedures was approved. These
policies are a requirement of South African law and will gradually be
implemented in those institutions which fall directly under the Province.
These policies are largely based on those recently published by the SACBC
legal advisory committee.
Father Frank MCGREAL (Northern province): Appointed formator at St Josephs Scholasticate Cedara 16 February 2006 confirmed by Superior General 17 February 2006
Brother Maximillian MWAKACHEYA (Zambia): Appointed formator at St Josephs Scholasticate Cedara 16 February 2006 confirmed by Superior General 17 February 2006
Father Raymond MWANGALA (Zambia): Appointed formator at St Josephs Scholasticate Cedara 16 February 2006 confirmed by Superior General 17 February 2006.
09 Michael GUMEDE Birthday
10 Alan HENRIQUES Birthday
16 Siphamandla MPULO (Schol) Birthday
20 Phillip NKUNA Birthday
22 Noel PETERS Birthday
30 Henry NIEMANN Ordination
31 Mxolisi NGCOBO Birthday
01 Donovan WHEATLEY Birthday
04 Patrick MABHUNA (Schol) Birthday
05 Kalebwe MUTALE (Schol) Birthday
06 Nhlanhla NKOSI Ordination
10 Benedict GUMEDE Birthday
23 Paddy MCMAHON Ordination
Mhlanganisi DLAMINI Ordination
27 Siyabonga DUBE Ordination
27 Merlin INCE Ordination
27 Muzi MADLALA Ordination
27 Vusi MAZIBUKO Ordination
Mbheki NGCOBO Ordination
28 Eric BOULLE Ordination
29 Muzi MADLALA Ordination
Mdududuzi MCHUNU Ordination
29 Matthews Sithabiso SITHOLE Birthday