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Farewell to Fr Aldrin Janito
Farewell to Fr Aldrin Janito mccj as he leaves the mission in South Africa to begin a new mission in the Philippines as Mission Promoter. Thanks for your service, commitment and passion for the mission in the Diocese of Witbank. God bless!
Comboni Missionaries General Council:2022 until 2028
The Provincial Assembly of the South African Province took place at LUMKO from 25 -29 July 2022.
In the closing Mass on 29 July, presided by the Province Superior, Fr Jude Burgers, we also celebrated the following anniversaries: Fr Benno Singer - 60 years of Perpetual Vows Fr Chico Medeiros - 50 Years of First Vows Fr John Baptist Opargiw - 40 years of First Vows Fr Jerome Anakese - 25 years of Perpetual Vows Congratulations and blessings to all! We also said farewell to Fr Aldrin Janito who will be returning to work in his home province after 16 years of faithful service in South Africa. Abundant blessings on your new ministry Aldrin!
XIX General Chapter: 1-30 June 2022
Re-election of Fr. Tesfaye Tadesse Gebresilasie
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