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.3 Issue 3        April 2006


IN THIS ISSUE:

TOP NEWS 

PROVINCIAL'S NOTES

FROM THE PROVINCIAL TREASURER

PROVINCIAL'S DIARY

DATES TO GIVE THANKS

CONTACT


TOP NEWS


1. Good News About People:

Episcopal Ordination of Barry Wood

Bishop Barry Wood and Cardinal Wilfrid NapierBishop Barry Wood   Fr Mbheki NGCOBO OMI

10000 people arrived at thet the International Convention Centre in Durban to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the episcopal ordination of Wilfrid Cardinal Napier OFM. At the celebration Father Barry WOOD, OMI was ordained bishop and appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Durban. The ceremony was delayed for 30 minutes to provide more space for the crowds. The pictures show Bishop Barry waving as the Cardinal applauds his new auxiliary (left). In the centre the new bishop is formally seated on the episcopal chair as Archbishop NASHENDA OMI of Windhoek (left) and Archbishop NXUMALO OMI of Bloemfontein (right), principal coconsecrators, look on with the Cardinal and his deacon. On the right Father Mbheki NGCOBO OMI dressed in traditional dress of the Imbongi, sings and dances the praises of the new bishop.

The five-hour Eucharistic celebration was filled with music and dance, reflecting the diverse cultures of the people of the Archdiocese of Durban. More than thirty bishops from around southern Africa concelebrated in the liturgy together with about 100 Priests. Also in attendance were a large number of representatives of other churches and religions in the area as well as the Mayor of Durban, Obed Mlaba and a number of other dignitaries.

Cardinal Napier was ordained Bishop of Kokstad on 28 February 1981. He was appointed Archbishop of Durban on 29 March 1992 and elevated to Cardinal priest of S. Francesco d'Assisi ad Acilia on 21 February 2001. Bishop WOOD has served as Parish Priest in the Archdiocese of Durban as well as being Superior of St Josephs Scholasticate from 1986-1992 and Provincial of the Natal Province from 1992-1998.


2. New Life:

Fr Sean CONNALLY OMI - RIPFather Sean CONNALLY

Rev. Father Sean CONNALLY, OMI passed away on the 5th February 2006. He was parish priest of Port Shepstone, in the diocese of Umzimkulu.

A large number of people attended the funeral on 16 February including the mayor of the city. 

Father Sean's death was unexpected. He had a heart attack whilst recovering from an operation on his foot. He was much loved by the people of Port Shepstone whom he served for fourteen years before his death. In a tribute to him they wrote: "We knew little that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly in death we did the same. It broke our hearts to lose you; you did not go alone for part of us went with you the day God called you home". Father Sean spent much of his missionary life working for the upliftment of the black people of South Africa. He was involved for many years in lay leadership training and was director of the Esigodini Pastoral Centre from 1978 to 1985. He was also the founder of the parish of Mpumalanga where he built the Church, incorporating many aspects of Zulu art. He will be deeply missed by all of us. RIP.


3. Good News About People:

Fr Neil FRANK OMI and fellow studentsNeil FRANK graduates with distinction

Father Neil FRANK OMI obtained his Masters in Philosophy at De Nobili College in Pune, India. He graduated with a distinction. He was the recipient of the De Nobili Scholarship for both years of his stay. In the picture he is seen with some of his fellow students. He returns home on 9 April.

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PROVINCIAL'S NOTES  


1. Provincial Congress in July

What will happen?

In the next few issues of OMI update I would like to reflect on some of the matters that will be discussed at our Congress in July. The first is youth ministry. Since the beginning of this administration, youth ministry has been identified as our first priority. We wish to develop a specific Oblate youth ministry programme. A Youth ministry committee comprising six Oblates together with Provincial Councillor, Mhlanganisi DLAMINI, has been operating since September last year. Two Oblate Priests have been appointed specifically to this ministry: Fathers Siyabonga DUBE in Zimbabwe and Mxolisi NGCOBO in Kwa Zulu Natal. The musical Forever Home written by Youth Committee member, Father Merlin INCE, is perhaps the most public first fruit of this ministry. It has been playing to great reviews at the Maris Stella Hall in Durban throughout lent. At the Congress, the Youth ministry mission team will report on progress so far and their plans for the future. For now you are asked to pray and to think about this initiative and bring your own contributions to the Congress.


2. Restructuring of SA Provinces

Local Community Reports

We have received all the comments on district discussions on the report prepared by Father Nhlanhla NKOSI and his team. This report presented the views of South African Oblates on restructuring. The Scholasticate community also submitted its own report. A number of issues emerged. Firstly, the reports strongly commend the work of the team and the time taken to allow people to share their feelings and thoughts. This was seen as a very important step. Secondly, the prevailing view was that unification is going to be a good thing for us and a goal to aim for. Thirdly, there was a strong sense that it should not be rushed. This is because a number of matters have surfaced that need to be addressed. These include racial and cultural tensions in some areas of the South African Oblate world; a lack of information regarding the motivation for unification; and some differences in views amongst the three provinces. These provincial differences could lead to resentment in one or other area that they have been swallowed up and lost their own identity. Fourthly, there was a sense that the process of animation should somehow continue to allow Oblates to know more about unification, the reasons behind it, the values of it and the difficulties to be overcome.

Interestingly, and I hope you wont mind me mentioning this, it seems that we are somewhat confused even about ourselves in our own province. The official names of our three Oblate districts in the Archdiocese of Durban are "Durban", "Pietermaritzburg and "Inchanga". Only one of the three managed to get its name right in their report!


3. E-Mail Addresses At Provincial Office

The reports were all received by email and highlighted another problem. This is the matter of correct email addresses for all of us at the Provincial office. Please note that since we started our new website, we now have email addresses that end in "omi.org.za". So mine is scbate@omi.org.za. My secretary, Pat Maycock, is admin@omi.org.za. The Provincial Treasurer is pjfoley@omi.org.za and his secretary, Carmel Rothman, is natalfinance@omi.org.za

Please update your address books accordingly.

Some of our older email addresses do still work but we will eventually close the "eject" ones.

However please note that email addresses with telkom in them do not work in our office. It is true that just once a notice was sent out giving email addresses with telkomsa.net. This was a mistake and whilst we have a right to use them, these email addresses have not been installed on our computers. So emails sent to a telkom address will not reach us.

Please use the omi.org.za email addresses from now on.

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FROM THE PROVINCIAL TREASURER  


1. LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

Could the following people please contact the Provincial Treasurer regarding their Last Will & Testament. I would prefer if you contact me via e-mail (pjfoley@omi.org.za) or, if this is not possible, via cell phone (082 329 5347):

COORAY, Kingsley

HORROCKS, Paul

LUKUBA, Claude

MBANJWA, Zaba

MPUNI, Jean Baptiste

MTOLO, Jabulani

NDLOVU, Bafana

NGCOBO, Mxolisi

NGUBANE, Zibonele

NZAJI, Jean Lambert

PHENYANE, Vusi

SCHRODER, Paul

WHEATLEY, Donovan

ZONDI, Thomas


2. STIPEND RETURNS

You will be receiving shortly a monthly report of your stipend returns for 2005 and the first quarterly report for 2006. Please check over it and confirm that these are correct. This will need to be an issue we discuss at the Provincial Congress in July.


3. CHRISTMAS AND PIOUS LISTS COLLECTIONS as at 22 March 2006

Parishes


Christmas

           Pious List




2004

2005

2004

2005








Assumption



10,206

7,743

2,595

3,002

Bergville



518

800

700

1,200

Bluff



6,854

8,150

4,623

3,285

Cedara



1,120

940

5,470


Elandskop



64

200



Estcourt



850

2,000

2,200

4,000

Mpumalanga



1,600


1,200


Imbubu



1,020

1,300

7,093

7,467

Inchanga/

Camperdown



478

757

2,115

1,350

Machibisa




3,260

5,470

4,250

Matikwe



415


1,500

1,400

Merewent/

Clairwood




1,095


1,540

Montclair



6,135

5,898

3,760

7,766

Mooi River




800

2,460

2,600

Ntshongweni



3,024


555

1,000

Ntuzuma



5,290

1,052

4,290

4,720

P Shepstone



2,671




PMB St Mary



11,748

15,800

5,734

5,920

Redhill



10,283




Reservoir Hills



1,575

1,501

775

180

Sydenham



13,349

14,059

8,123

8,634

Virginia



33,386

35,628

7,532

6,620

Wentworth



11,773

12,386

6,005

6,766

Westville



8,700

9,000

4,000

3,800

Sabon House






325








Total



131,058

122,369

76,200

75,825

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Provincial's Diary

APRIL

3   Provincial Council meeting Provincial House.

4   TRIPAC restructuring meeting of South African OMI provinces, Johannesburg. 

5-9   Anglophone Africa Oblate Inter Provincial Congress, Hartebeespoort.

10   St Josephs Theological Institute: Open Day. 

10   St Josephs Theological Institute. First Graduation Ceremony conferring own accredited degrees and diplomas.

11   St Josephs Theological Institute Board Meeting.

24-26   Leadership Conference of Consecrated Life Southern Africa, Sizanani Bronkhurspruit.

MAY

2-9   Visitation: Inchanga District

12-15   Visitation: St Josephs Scholasticate, Cedara.

22   De Mazenod Day: St Theresa's, Mayville.

29-2 June   OMI Africa Regional Meeting: Mazenod Centre Germiston.

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Dates to Give Thanks

APRIL
01    Donovan WHEATLEY        Birthday
04    Patrick MABHUNA (Schol)    Birthday
05    Kalebwe MUTALE  (Schol)    Birthday
06    Benedict GUMEDE        Ordination
06    Nhlanhla NKOSI        Ordination
10    Benedict GUMEDE        Birthday
23    Paddy MCMAHON        Birthday
24    Mhlanganisi DLAMINI        Birthday
27    Siyabonga DUBE        Ordination
27    Merlin INCE            Ordination
27    Muzi MADLALA            Ordination
27    Vusi MAZIBUKO        Ordination
27    Mbheki NGCOBO        Ordination
28    Eric BOULLE            Birthday
29    Mdududuzi MCHUNU        Ordination
29    Sithabiso SITHOLE (Schol)    Birthday

MAY
01    Thomas Zondi            Ordination 
04    Mhlanganisi DLAMINI        Ordination
06    Chris RICHMOND        Ordination
17    Vusi MAZIBUKO        Birthday
23    Eric BOULLE            Ordination
25    Alan HENRIQUES        Birthday
30    Callistus KHATHALI        Birthday

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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

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