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Provincial Retreat

Maria Trost Pastoral Centre, Lydenburg, Witbank Diocese

Pope's Prayer Intention for September:

An environmentally sustainable lifestyle

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES:

Welcome to South Africa:

Fr. Jerome Anakese, assigned to Mahube Valley Parish, Mamelodi

We still eagerly await the arrival of the following confreres in our Province:

Fr. Javier Martin Ruiz Eche (Peruvian)
Fr. Ronald Alionzi (Ugandan, studied in South Africa)

Letter of Solidarity from the
General Council

Solidarity letter to South Africa about the riots

Reflections on
Violence and Looting in
South Africa

Reflections on violence and looting in South Africa

No to Looting in South Africa

Opening Address SACBC Plenary
Bishop Sipuka

Opening Address Plenary Meeting – August Bishop Sipuka

THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS
TITULAR PATRON OF THE INSTITUTE

Message from the General Council

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Message from the Provincial Superior RSA

Sacred Heart 2021

PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLY
COMBONI MISSIONARIES SOUTH AFRICA
LUMKO INSTITUTE, 12-16 April 2021

We are grateful to God for the presence and
guidance of His Spirit during our Assembly.
We also thank you for your prayers.

Year of saint Joseph

Year of Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church and Patron of the Institute (8.12.2020-8.12.2021)

Dear Brothers
On 19 March we celebrate the feast of St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church and Patron of our Institute. We know well the important place of St Joseph in the missionary life of St Daniel Comboni, and also the familiarity with which our Founder related to this saint. Often, with Our Lady, he would also mention St Joseph: “gentleman”, “mission bursar”, “protector of the Church and of the people of Nigrizia”. Pope Francis wanted this year to be dedicated to Saint Joseph, on the 150th anniversary of his declaration as Patron of the Universal Church. This declaration took place precisely at the time of Comboni (8.12.1870) and from this deduct the place that St Joseph had in his life. In view of this celebration, the Pope has published the Apostolic Letter “Patris Corde” which we would like to invite everyone to read, as we prepare for the feast of the 19th of March. In addition to this letter, the GC has decided to offer you two reflections: one, prepared by Fr Carmelo Casile, “St Joseph in the missionary journey of St Daniele Comboni” and the other, by Fr Guido Oliana, entitled “The theology and spirituality of St Joseph and the vocation of the Comboni missionary brother – paternity, fraternity and ministeriality”. We are sending only the Italian version of the latter text. We hope to have it translate soon into other languages. Other reflection material on St. Joseph can be found in the blog of Fr. Manuel João: https://combonianum.org/Personal and community reading of these texts will help us to live this year better and to have this saint even more as part of our companions on the mission roads today.
We wish everyone a Happy Feast and a Happy Year of Saint Joseph.
The General Council

Patris Corde “With a Father’s Heart”

Patris Corde “With a Father’s Heart”

Joseph a man capable
of dialoguing with mystery

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    Over the past five years, on Tuesdays at noon at the Church of St. Louis d’Antin, in the 9th arrondissement of Paris near the Passage du Havre shopping centre, a shy, scholarly Canadian priest would approach the altar to offer Mass and call the assembly of immigrants and downtown shoppers to confess their sinfulness.
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