On 22 and 23 March of this year, Monsignor Canon James Cronin, National Director of Missio UK, and his assistant, Mr Danny Curtin, while in South Africa checking on their projects, paid a pastoral visit to St John Vianney Seminary, as we are of course one of the causes which they support. During their stay they interviewed members of Staff and Students about life at SJV. On their return to the UK they used the information gathered to raise awareness and to promote prayer and support for the seminary.

To our great surprise and joy their prayer and awareness campaign realised both money and prayerful support, and recently the Rector, Fr Molewe Machingoane received personalised cards addressed to him with messages of support to him and to the seminary. These cards, with hand-written messages from the participating Faithful, assuring us of their prayers, were handed out to each student during Mass at the conclusion of Mission Month on 3 November.

This gesture is much appreciated, and the personal touch and engaging pastoral approach of Missio UK is indeed a model of a true missionary outreach.

To Missio UK and all their contributors, all at SJV thank you for your support, both material and spiritual, and assure you too of our prayers.

This gesture proved to be a fitting close to “Mission Month” in which we take up a collection each Sunday for the “Pontifical Mission Society”.