Fr Xolisile Augustine Kondlo, a young Port Elizabeth priest who was diagnosed with a rare lung disease, has died.
He passed away last week after being in hospital for a week. He was born on 26 October 1978 and Ordained to the Priesthood on 27th Aril 2012.
About a month ago, Gushwell Brooks interviewed him on Radio Veritas’ afternoon drivetime show, Changing Gear, where he described his condition and also made an impassioned plea on organ donation.
He called on the Church to do more awareness campaigns for organ donation and conducted workshops around the country to encourage people to overcome their fears, prejudices and indifference regarding organ donation, thus potentially save countless people.
The young priest founded an organisation called #DonorSaves7Lives which can be found on facebook under the same name.
The Vicar of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth, Fr Christopher Slater has expressed shock at the passing of Fr Kondlo and has said he will be remembered as very joyful person who will be dearly missed by the Church and his family.
Fr Slater said the Diocese and indeed his family feel saddened that his life was cut short as they believed the priest had a lot to give and offer the church.
Fr Kondlo died whilst still on the organ donor list.
The Requiem Mass for Fr. Xolisile Kondlo will take place on Tuesday 28th June 2016 at 10am at Pawulos Oyingcwele in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, followed immediately thereafter by the burial at St. Dominic’s Priory, Miramar.
Funeral Programme – Tuesday 28th June 2016
7am - Arrival of body at home.
8am - Departure to the Church.
8:35am – Tributes
Friend: Fiks Mahola
Organ donation presenter
Brother; Andile Kondlo
10am – Requiem Mass
12pm – Departure to St. Dominic’s Priory
"Please continue to pray for the repose of the soul of our beloved Priest and brother. Please also keep in your prayers Father Xolisile’s mother, family, relatives and friends.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace," said Bishop Vincent Zungu OFM.
Below is the interview with Fr Kondlo on Radio Veritas describing his condition and also his impassioned plea on the importance of organ donation.