As the saying goes… "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."
Brothers, Kelvin Banda and Isaac Mutelo from Zambia, finally ‘stepped’ into the family of the Dominican Order by making final vows before God and more than fifty congregants from different religious communities and other fraternities during Mass at Emaphetwelweni Dominican Priory on 20th May, 2017 in Pietermaritzburg.
Receiving them into the family was Vice-provincial Br Stan Muyebe OP.
In his inspiring homily, he quoted Vatican II document Decree on Renewal of Religious Life -Perfecate Caritatis (Prefect Love) reminding the two brothers that they are now fully consecrated to God in a special manner through three vows.
He further said the brothers have joined the Order at a difficult but right time when the Dominican Order in Southern Africa needed young brothers who are serious, committed to God and in love with St Dominic.
Congratulations to our two new brothers who are currently in third year theology at St Joseph’s Theological Institute – Cedera.
Br Ernest Mwape OP
Beninse Dominican Fr georges Alahou was elected Prior of eMaphethelweni Priory in Pietermaritzburg on April 28, 2017.
He replaces Bro Martin Badenhorst who will be going on Sabbatical .
Fr Georges was born on: May 23, 1971 in Cotonou, Benin and has been in South Africa since November 28, 2016
He was previously assigned to Saint Thomas Aquinas Priory in Yamoussoukro.
He is a seasoned formator and diligent writer and publisher.
We congratulate him in his new ministry for the next three years.
Dominicans in the Vice-Province of Southern African are grateful to God for the three brothers who began their postulancy this year February in Welkom, Free State, with Br. Neil Mitchell OP as Postulant Master. They are; Mark Mngomezulu (Swaziland- left), Motlatsi Lazore (South Africa - centre), Donald Kateguru (Zimbabwe - right).
Later in the year, two more brothers will be joining them from Malawi and South Africa. These brothers are keen to respond to God’s call in accordance with the Dominican charism.
We are therefore happy in the spirit of St Dominic to journey with them in prayer and offer them the needed support in their vocation.
Br. Ernest Mwape Op
Khanya Litabe and Siphiwe Moloi of Radio Veritas recently traveled to the Emaphethelweni Priory in Pietermaritzburg to do a recording of hymns performed by the Dominican brothers.
A CD will be soon be produced and would be available for purchase in the near future.
This is in honour of the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Dominican Order and the centenary of their presence in South Africa.
They hymns are sung in many of the languages of southern Africa.