At the beginning of Holy Week, Monday the 10th April we awoke to hear the sad news of the death of Anneliese Beckers, our retired Diocesan Secretary of 28 years. The staff at the Chancery Offices particularly feel her absence as she lived on the property and continued to offer support where needed.
Her passing was followed on 13th July by that of her mother Hilly
Our sincere condolences to their immediate family, the Clergy, the Religious and to all those who knew and loved them, especially Anneliese.
On the 10th of May Bishop Vincent and Fr Peter Whitehead left with a group of Pilgrims to be a part of the 100th Anniversary Celebrations of the Apparitions at Fatima. On Saturday the 13th May the Pilgrims attended the Pope’s Mass at the site of the apparitions. The Bishop reported that over a million people were present that day with many of them arriving the day before and camping overnight to await the Pope’s arrival. What struck the Bishop most was the fact that three poor, illiterate children were able to convey the powerful messages of Fatima, particularly the fact that it occurred during a time of great unrest.
The Redemptorist Priests, Fr’s. Padua, Nwokoro and Zungu have moved to Uitenhage to look after the communities there. The two Vocationists, Fr. Emmanuel and Fr. Coleman, who were assisting Fr. Max in Uitenhage are now at St. James Parish.
Bishop Vincent has recently returned from a much-deserved home leave, his first in two years! Welcome back, Bishop and we hope you are now well rested and ready for anything!
Please feel free to pop into The Catholic Resource Centre (CRC) which houses our repository, library and archives.
The Centre is open Mon to Fri 9am – 3pm.
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.