Homily on St. Vianney Feast – Vespers

Homily on St. Vianney Feast – Vespers

Feast of St. John May Vianney – Vespers: 3 August 2015 With this evening hymn of praise, we give thanks to God for all the blessings he has bestowed on us in the past year. We also present our prayers and petition to him for the coming year, hoping and praying that the Lord who […]

Spiritual Conferences at SJV

Spiritual Conferences at SJV

As part of the Spiritual Formation Programme at St John Vianney Seminary a bi-monthly Spiritual Conference is presented to Staff and Students in the SJV Chapel. On 10 April 2014, one of the Priests on the Formation Staff, Fr Nhlanhla Mchunu presented a Conference, titled, “Commitment to Christ”. Read below the text of the talk […]

Academic Convocation

Academic Convocation

On Friday, 14 February 2014, all registered students together with members of staff gathered in the hall for an Academic Convocation. After the opening formalities, the Registrar, Fr Richard April, in welcoming especially the new students, reminded the students to submit correct information in order to complete their Registration. He reminded the gathering that our […]

Reflections Given at Holy Hour by Fr Nhlanhla Mchunu

Reflections Given at Holy Hour by Fr Nhlanhla Mchunu

Each Tuesday evening, the Priest on duty conducts a Holy Hour wherein he usually gives a Spiritual reflection relevant to the Priests and Students in attendance. Please read below 2 such reflections given by Fr Nhlanhla Mchunu, the first one titled, “The Priest as a Pastor”, followed by another titled, “The Mystery of the Eucharist”. […]

What is Spirituality

By: Fr. Jerome Nyathi Spirituality is a certain ENCOUNTER.  Illustrate with a diag. – the history of salvation; incarnation, OT, NT – ALL are called to this ENCOUNTER. A human being is composed of; Body, Soul and Spirit – This Spirit links us with the SPIRIT (Trinitarian Family). Modern usage of ‘spirituality’covers many things –wrong […]

African Spirituality

Vatican II came to open the windows for fresh air.  In this way it became receptive to other cultures and spiritualities “In Africa this meant an appreciation for spirituality that is integral, building the visible and invisible, life and death, the creator and creation in a mutual embrace ot unity and harmony” The New Dictionary […]

Christian Spirituality

What are the elements of Spirituality Only one Catholic Spirituality with the same elements, differences are found in the emphasis. Negative elements – whatever hinders a love relationship with God, neighbour, self, creation and nature.  St. Paul talks about dying to self Positive elements – Die to self and live to God, love of God […]

Patristic Period

By: Fr. Jerome Nyathi The Apostolic Fathers The writings of the apostles were an authentic record of the teaching of Christ and also the works of the earliest Christian writers called the Apostolic Fathers (the earliest Christian writers) were a transmission of the teaching of the apostles. The Apostolic Fathers had (for the most part), […]

Spirituality of the Gospel Writers

By: Fr. Jerome Nyathi   Spiritual formation in Matthew Singleminded commitment is demanded (4,10 cf. Deut 6,4ff). Either God or mammon (6,24).  Singlemindedness demands some ascetic dimension, for example, bodily control is important like fasting.  Note that there is time for fasting and eating.  People cannot fast while the bridegroom is still with them. Singlemindedness […]