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St. JOHN VIANNEY CELEBRATES PATRONAL FEAST
On the 4th of August, Tuesday, St. John Vianney celebrated the feast of its patron saint, St. John Mary Vianney. Present in our celebration was the archbishop emeritus of Pretoria, Archbishop George Daniel, who on the 3rd of August celebrated the 40th episcopal anniversary, and in fact this year, 2015, the Archbishop Emeritus celebrated 50th priestly anniversary, and this made our celebration extra special. Among other Guests present were Msgr Kevin from the Nunciature, religious student masters, many priests from neighboring parishes, religious sisters and many other visitors present.
The celebration of the Feast began on the 3rd of august, Monday evening, with the celebration of solemn vespers. The solemn vespers were led by Fr. Dumisani Vilakati, who in the same celebration gave a very inspiring homily, which we decided to publish on the articles section. After the vespers we then proceeded to the hall where dinner was served. On the 4th, Tuesday morning at 9:00 am mass was celebrated by the Archbishop. In his homily Archbishop Daniel told the congregation how it came about that he chose his motto ‘Ut unum sint’, meaning that they may be one. He read two books that changed opened his eyes and changed his outlook on life, one by Allan Paton titled cry Beloved country and the other was Trevor Hardinson. The Archbishop said that these books helped him realize the suffering the black people were going through under the oppressive regime, and how much people were divided along the color lines. He then as a result quit studying architecture to study theology. To his Surprise when He joined the seminary he was confronted by the divisions, that of the black student’s seminary and white student’s seminary. All of this inspired the Bishop to work for unity in his ministry and this eventually inspired the choice of his motto ‘That they may be one’. He also urged students to work for unity and that they may be like John Vianney in their ministry to love the sinners and hate sin.