The Season of Advent starts on the weekend of the 1st of December this year.
For the 2019 Advent Appeal I would like to ask you to donate to the “Ongoing Formation of Clergy Fund”. .
Priestly formation begins in the seminary and obviously should not end there, it should rather be a lifelong process. Lifelong learning/renewal of the Clergy should be essential for the effective ministry of our Clergy for the benefit of the people of God.
Ongoing formation programmes and activities organised and promoted by the Diocese during 2019: Further study at university level, Professional Conduct workshops, Orientation workshops for new Priests, SACOP – The Southern African Council of Priests, Marriage Tribunal training, Coolock renewal programme for Priests over 10 years in ministry, Exorcism Workshops, Annual Gathering of Recently Ordained Priests (AGROP) for all those Priests in ministry for five years and below, Ecumenism workshops, Vocations workshops, Child Protection Officers four-month course attended by one of our Priests in Rome, Annual Clergy Retreat, Annual Clergy Plenary Meeting, Aspirant Diaconate training and Sabbaticals.
I appeal to your continued support and generosity in assisting me with the ongoing formation of the Clergy in the Diocese of Port Elizabeth.
May God bless you and your loved ones as you prepare for the Birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Bishop Vincent Mduduzi Zungu.