Bishop Vincent Zungu OFM has advised us of his great joy in welcoming to the Diocese four priests from the Society of Divine Vocations (SDV or “Vocationists) in Nigeria. The SDV is a Missionary Congregation operating in that country, and the Bishop was approached late last year by the Society with a request to establish the Congregation in our Diocese.
“I accepted their request to come and work in the ‘vineyard of the Lord’ for as we all know ‘the labourers are few’.”
Fr. Valentine Azubuike, SDV, Fr Callistus Mwosu, SDV, Fr. Coleman Mwokorie, SDV and Fr. John Gala Afuevu, SDV, will arrive in Port Elizabeth on May 31st, and will initially spend some time in Port Elizabeth undergoing orientation and initiation into the Diocese’s Vision, Policies and Pastoral Progamme.
In addition to these African Missionaries, two Diocesan Priests are on their way to work in the Diocese as “Fidei Donum” priests (literally “Gift of Faith” - priests very generously sent to work in another diocese by their Bishops - Fr Paul is a Fidei Donum priest from Ireland). These two priests are:
Fr. Benoit (‘Benedict’) Djese Mwilambwe from the Diocese of Kalemie-Kirungu in the DRC. For the past 3 years he has been working in the Archdiocese of Johannesburg, and Fr. Vincent Vusi Tyiso from the Diocese of Marriannhill. We thank Bishop Pius Mlungisi Dlungwane for listening and taking to heart our request for priests.
A number of priests from the Congregation of Marianhill Missionaries (CMM) as also to be sent to the Diocese of Port Elizabeth in the near future.
“I count on all of us in the Diocese: the Clergy, the Religious and the laity, to welcome these priests and missionaries with the great hospitality which is in keeping with our Christian values and African spirit of ‘ubuntu’.
“They are a result of our constant prayers for vocations as requested by our Lord Jesus Christ and the fulﬁllment of the prophecy of Jeremiah, “I will give you shepherds after my own heart” (Jer 3:15).
The vision and dream of Pope Paul VI that Africa “you have received a lot of missionaries, now you must become missionaries yourselves”, is becoming a reality. (Uganda 1976).
“I already thank all of you in advance for your warm welcome, hospitality, love, generosity and solidarity that await all our Diocesan and Religious priests from different parts of the African continent. Actually it’s a nice way of concluding Africa Month. Our Lady Queen of Africa! Pray for us! Amen!” — Bishop Vincent Zungu OFM