Catholic African Women’s Union (Sodailty of St Anne)
President - Mrs. N. Boyana, 32 Qhoqho Street, Kwanobuhle 6230, Tel: 041 9770380, Cell: 0794821940
The St. Anne’s Sodality has women of all ages in its membership and these days, because so many women are going out to work, it does tend to have more older members.
Originally the movement was started in French Canada by an Oblate of Mary Immaculate priest as early as 1850. It reached South Africa via Lesotho where the OMI’s were active. Fr. Honorat saw married women coming to church and began the sodality as a support group for them, encouraging them to look to St. Anne, mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus, as a model. In South Africa today the sodality is a strong support group for its members and a powerful resource for their parishes. It is almost exclusively for black women and is active in over 20 dioceses. Their aim is to “serve the family, serve the church and serve the community”.
Members, dressed in their familiar uniform of a purple top, black skirt and beret, meet bi-monthly for Mass, discussion, report back and prayers. Their social involvement includes visiting young mothers, lapsed Catholics, the bereaved and attend to any other needs made known to them by their parish priests.
A few years ago Bishop Michael Coleman invited the Sodality of St. Anne to become involved in the St. Kizito’s project for orphans and vulnerable children.
There are now 12 St. Kizito’s branches in our diocese, managed either totally or in part by the sodality. The children are fed and clothed, and in some cases vegetable gardens have been planted for their soup kitchens. A number of members have attended counseling workshops to assist the children they care for. In some branches children are assisted in obtaining identity documents and Government grants. Read more about St. Kizito's ...