A new Catholic Resource Centre (CRC), which replaces the old Catholic Bookshop at the Chancery in Port Elizabeth, was offcially launched on Monday July 18th by Bishop Vincent Mduduze Zungu OFM.
The launch ceremony coincided with the beginning of Winter Living Theology School. The launch consisted of a Mass in the St Luke’s Chapel, followed by the Blessing of the CRC , and a celebratory social gathering, with snacks and fellowship.
Among the dignataries present were Fr. Russell Pollitt SJ (director of the Jesuit Institute), Fr. John Baldovin SJ from Boston College is the US, who is lecturing the Winter Living Theology School, Ursula van Nierop (Deputy director of Jesuit Institute), as well as Prof. Garth Abraham from St. Augustine’s University.
A few local Clergy and Religious attended, as well as representatives from our Diocesan Finance Committee, Catholic Education and Chancery Staff.
The CRC will be run by Denise Steenkamp, who can be contacted at 041 373 2854 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Message from Bishop Vincent:
The Catholic Diocese of Port Elizabeth has embarked on meaningful developments which I believe will be of value to everybody: the Clergy, the Religious, the Laity of all ages and all men and women of good will.
The Catholic Resource Centre (CRC)) which started as Bishop Coleman’s dream some 30 years ago became reality on the 18th of July 2016, while the ‘Cathedral Bookshop’ as a stand-alone entity ceased operations.
This Centre is structured on the solid foundations of our extensive library of religious books, which shall be made more accessible to the wider public through dissemination of information by means of brochures and the internet. There is also a serene and quiet space where our visitors can be made welcome to sit down, browse through our material, simply read, consult other on line Catholic libraries and bookshops or order specific books for personal use. Visitors can also purchase variois items from the repoisiry section of the CRC.
The services formerly rendered by The Cathedral Bookshop, Repository and Library will continue and be improved and absorbed into the new all-in-one concept of the Catholic Resource Centre along with the inclusion of the Diocesan Archive. This last inclusion is intended to making our local historical information more accessible to the people who it was designed to serve.
The Catholic Resource Centre is what it says - a homely assembling point, “iziko” (the ‘hearth’ in Xhosa) where the needs of the Christian Community are catered for so that they can acquire knowledge and ongoing faith formation in order to respond to the radical demands of the Gospel and challenges of living in the 21st century. We would like to make known our best kept secrets as Catholics, namely the wealth of the ‘Social teaching of the Church’.
It is hoped that the CRC will be recognized as a centre of learning and ongoing formation for all members of the church and all those who desire it.
Ihope that all will share with me in this exciting development which when opened will assist those of all ages to reach their dream of increasing their knowledge, skills and honing their GOD given talents.
Ongoing formation is the great engine of personal growth and development. It is committed to holistic Christian formation that is, spiritual, intellectual, human, pastoral and integral.
Catholic education and formation which the CRC seeks to advance, “must pay special regard to the formation of the whole person, so that all may attain their eternal destiny and at the same time promote the common good of society.” (Canon 795)
“It is through education that the daughter of an ordinary person became a doctor, that the son of a mine-worker can become the head of the mine, that a child of fannworkers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.” (Nelson Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom, 1994)
+ Bishop Vincent Mduduze Zungu OFM
Mary is honoured as the Chief Patron of our Diocese of Port Elizabeth. In accordance with the official liturgical Pastoral Guide it is therefore elevated to a solemnity (big feast) for the local church and celebrated on the Sunday that occurs on 4th February or between the 4th and 10th February each year.