Opening of the New CRC
Bishop Vincent Mduduze Zungu OFM, Bishop of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth, recently opend the new Catholic Resource Centre at the Chancery in Port Elizabeth.
The centr,e known by its acronym CRC, combines the roles of archives, library and repository, adding technology to enable Christian communities to acquire knowledge and ongoing faith formation.
Port Elizabeth Catholics have access to the centre to use its library, research the archives, browse the Internet or buy Catholic merchandise from books to crucifixes to coals and candles—and, of course, The Southern Cross.
The library and repository will be looked after by Denise Steenkamp.
The CRC takes over the functions of the old Cathedral Bookshop, using the old bookshop, as well as the library prmeises.
The launch was preceded by an Open Day during which PE Catholics could find out more about the centre.
At the launch, Bishop Vincent Zungu and diocesan financial administrator Alberto Trobec welcomed dignitaries including Prof Garth Abraham, president of St Augustine College; Fr Russell Pollitt SJ, director of the Jesuit Institute; and Fr John Baldovin SJ from Boston College in the US, who is lecturing the Winter Theology School in South Africa this year.
The launch brought to fruition an idea 30-years in the making, starting with the late Bishop Michael Coleman.
Bishop Zungu described the CRC as the “hearth” of his diocese.
The CRC is structured on the foundations of the diocese’s extensive library of religious books, which will now be made more accessible to the wider public through dissemination of information through the Internet.
The inclusion of the diocesan archive is intended to make local historical information more accessible to the people whom it was designed to serve.
The centre will also serve as a depot for parish’s parcels of The Southern Cross. Due to inefficient postal services the delivery of the newspaper was erratic. The allocations for parishes in the area will now be couriered to the CRC for dispersement.
For information phone Denise Steenkamp on 041373-1686