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As I am entering the dates of the Bishops diary into the table below it is difficult to believe that we are already in the last quarter of 2018. The months have flown by!! We have had a very busy Diocese this year. We have celebrated milestone anniversaries of some of our Priests, unfortunately we lost some of our beloved Clergy, had many Parishes celebrating the sacrament of confirmation, hosted AGROP bishop1(Annual Gathering of Recently Ordained Priests), been a part of the Bi-Centennial Celebrations of the Church in Southern Africa and the list goes on …..

As I write this we have something to look forward to - we have three seminarians who will be ordained to the Diaconate on their journey towards being ordained into the Priesthood of the Catholic Church. We congratulate Patrick Misomali, Runaine Radine and Xolile Mafu and assure you of our continued prayerful support.

In April we were honoured with a visit to the Chancery Offices from Archbishop Stephen Brislin, the staff members were overjoyed to meet the SACBC President.

Many of the Diocesan sodalities have made appointments to meet with the Bishop during 2018, to name a few – The Catholic Men’s Union, The Sacred Heart Sodality, St. Anne’s Sodality, Daughters of St. Anne’s Sodality, the CWL and the Legion of Mary. (Photo on the left: CWL Diocesan President, Sheila Thysse presenting Bishop Vincent with a generous donation from the Diocesan CWL towards the Seminarian Fund).

The Bishop recently attended the gala evening for the retirement of the Anglican Bishop, Bishop Bethlehem and has regular meetings with the Church Leaders Group in the Nelson Mandela Metro. The Executive Board of the Bible Society also visited the Bishop recently.

The SACBC Lenten Appeal for 2018 received R499 000,00 from the Port Elizabeth Diocese and I am happy to report that R324 200, 00 was paid back to our Diocese to some of the projects who had put in a funding request. This year, 2018 the Bishops Lenten Appeal approved funding requests from the following: Missionary Sisters of the Assumption - Sr Mary McAteer, Dominican Sisters - Sr Aloysia Zellman, St Anne's Pre Primary School - Fr Greg Mitchell, Mother of Good Hope - Fr Valentine Azubuike, Our Lady by the Wayside, Missionary Sisters of the Assumption - Sr Michelene Sangu, Enkosi Trust, PDO, Good Shepherd Sisters - Sr Ramani and St Phillip Neri Collegium. We are truly grateful to the Bishops Lenten Appeal for considering the projects run in our Diocese.

Pictures show:


Archbishop Brislin, Bishop Vincent and the Chancery Staff.

Sheila Thysse from the CWL presents Bishop Vincent with a donation for the Seminarian Fund. 

Bishops Diary 1st October to the 30th November 2018

Date

Event

Venue

3rd October 2018

Catechetical Commission

Port Alfred

5th – 7th October 2018

Marian Pilgrimage

Kokstad

9th – 11th October 2018

Seminaries Commission & Dept of formation and life of the Clergy

Pretoria

13th October 2018

Catholic Men’s Union Annual Conference

KWT

16th October 2018

DCP Meeting

St. Patrick’s GHT

17th October 2018

Confirmations

Mother of Perpetual Help

20th October 2018

Confirmations

Immaculate Conception

21st October 2018

Confirmations

SMDP & SFX East London

22nd – 26th October 2018

PCXR

Kokstad

28th October 2018

Confirmations

Christ the King Mdantsane

31st October 2018

Finance Committee Meeting

Chancery

4th November 2018

Confirmations

Church of Resurrection

6th November 2018

PE Deanery Meeting

Mater Dei

11th November 2018

Confirmations

St. Thomas

17th November 2018

Legion of Mary gathering Port Elizabeth and East London

TBA

18th November 2018

Confirmations

Mater Dei

25th November 2018

Confirmations

Christ the King Addo

26th – 30th November 2018

Priests Retreat

St. Luke’s Retreat Center

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Rebecca Huntly

Secretary to the Bishop

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