SAINT ALPHONSE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
UMLAZI P SECTION, KWAZULU-NATAL, DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
In memory of John Paul II (1920 - 2005)..... ..................................................................... ...Pope Benedict XVI (1927 - )
Inkulumo kaMhlekazi Pius Dlungwane - State of Mariannhill Diocese (2007-2008)
Inkulumo kaSolwazi Otty Nxumalo
Bishop of Mariannhill Pius Mlungisi Dlungwane officially opened the 29th AGM to a record of more than 60 delegates by rendering an inspiring Mass. Mr Ray Cele who is the current Chairperson of DPC welcomed all delegates. He then introduced Bishop Dlungwane for the State of Mariannhill Diocese address. The Bishop touched on several issues affecting the Diocese including AIDS/HIV, Small Christian Communities, Catholic schools in the Diocese, community development, spiritual life and financial standing of the Diocese.
The sodaities and committees gave reports for all the work carried out during 2007 - 2008 reporting year. Fr T Mbhele gave an inspiring plenary talk entitled " Who is St Paul?" and delegats were also reminded that Pope Benedict XVI has proclaimed that from the 29th of June 2008 to the 29th of June 2009 be the year dedicated to St Paul. Another equally interesting plenary talk was given by Prof Otty Nxumalo who related African culture of sharing/giving to the teachings of the Church. To obtain Prof Nxumalo's Zulu version speech, press here
The Vision and Mission statements, after deliberations, were amended and officially adopted by the delegates in the presence of the Bishop.
Vision - "To be a self-sufficient and self-reliant church, which shall be able to meet all pastoral needs of the people of God and to fully support the work of Evangelization in the Diocese."
Mission - The Diocesan Pastoral Council commits itself in making every constituent members of the Local Church, which is one indivisible Body of Christ, to understand and appreciate their role and that of other constituent members by:
The AGM agreed on the following recommendations
Sacred Heart Sodality Report
St Anne Sodality Report
Legion of Mary Report
St Mary Report
Masithuthuke Project Report
"Perfection is founded entirely on the love of God:
"Charity is the bond of perfection;" and perfect love of God means the complete union of our will with God's"
ALPHONSUS de LIGOURI