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CANONICAL VISITATION TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN MISSIONS

SOUTH AFRICA: July 24 – August 03, 2019.  The members of the South African Mission of the Claretians in Johannesburg and Cape Town in joyful excitation welcomed the Major Superior of the Claretian Missionaries, Delegation West Nigeria, Very Rev. Fr Daniel Onyeayana, cmf on his Canonical Visitation to our community and residences.

In plenary with the brothers, after the Mass, the Fr Superior expounded our charismatic witnessing and fraternal life within the religious community. Because, community life, he stressed, is the source of our strength and mission. He urged all the missionaries to be instruments of this witnessing, typical of Claretians, thus, purpose to strengthening the bonds of the community through pragmatic living in prayer, sharing and apostolate.

The Canonical Visitor later proceeded on detailed visits to our areas of missionary actuation to witness physically the reality of the pastoral environment. The specific pastoral areas, under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Johannesburg, were: Soweto (Pope Pius X Catholic Church, Mofolo; St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Meadowlands, Zone 4; St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Meadowlands, Zone 2); Noordgesig (St. Andrews Catholic Church); Bosmont (St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church). For the first time the missions were playing host to the Delegation Superior. It was marvelously historic.

Johannesburg: (L-to-R) Fr Chrysanthus Ohanele, the Superior – Fr Onyeayana, Fr Anthony Obadina, Fr Hubert Obaedo and Fr Innocent Daniel

From Johannesburg, the Canonical train steamed to Cape Town to visit the Claretians in Hout Bay missioning to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Archdiocese of Cape Town.

Cape Town: (L-to-R) Fr John Paul Achi, Very Rev. Fr Daniel Onyeayana, Fr Temidayo Eyeowa

As important part of the Visit, the Superior paid Courtesy Calls to the Local Ordinaries within whose Archdioceses we have our missions.

True to its nature and delineation, the Canonical Visitation took place in the spirit of collegial warmness and fraternal cordiality. The brothers were profoundly animated, filled with lively sentiments and hope engendered by the fatherly presence and reassuring words of the Delegation Superior, to confront positively, as Servants of the Word, the many challenges peculiar to our mission.

Finally, and to the glory of God, the Canonical Visit came to a successful end as we pray and strive to harvest its abundant fruits in the South African mission.

>>>>The featured image depicts, centred, the Archbishop of Cape Town with the visiting Superior, and, at the wings, the two Claretians ministering in that Mission<<<<

Added reports by Fr Hubert Obaedo, cmf and Fr John Paul Achi cmf

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