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Archdiocese of Cape Town gains two new priests and one deacon

On Saturday, 10 August, the Archdiocese of Cape Town celebrated the ordination of two men to the priesthood and another to the diaconate at the Church of Our Lady Help of Christians in Lansdowne.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin conferred the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Joseph Malama Chimfwembe and Alfredo van der Schyff, while Theo Angelo April was ordained to the diaconate.

In his homily, Archbishop Brislin encouraged the three men to pursue their ministries with generosity and cheerfulness. He said that ordination to the priesthood and the diaconate are “vocations of love” and they can only be fruitful if they are practiced with an attitude of abandonment of self and openness to God.

The archbishop urged them to foster unity among one another and immerse themselves in a life of faith, which is instrumental to bringing the world of Christ to the people. He also warned them against inflexibility, which he described as being revealed in symptoms like “exclusion” and “intolerance.” Instead he encouraged them to let go of the temptation to  individualism. This would help them listen to the needs of the people and understand the human condition, so that that they are better able to accompany their parishioners.

Fr. Joseph, who belongs to the Neocatechumenal Way, is originally from Zambia and will now serve at the parish of Somerset West.

Fr. Alfredo, originally from Seawinds, has been sent to the parish community in Stellenbosch. Deacon Theo from Elsies River will assist in the parish community of Paarl.

* The opinions expressed here by Spotlight.Africa contributors and editors are their own and not official statements of the Society of Jesus in South Africa or of the Catholic Church unless explicitly stated.



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Sarah-Leah Pimentel
Sarah-Leah is Johannesburg-born and raised but now lives and is inspired by the ocean in Cape Town. A former teacher and current open source media analyst and translator, she has worked in the field of open source media monitoring for the last ten years. Sarah-Leah is about to take a leap of faith in teaming up with some great minds to start a new company that provides open source intelligence to public and private entities to assist them in monitoring and responding to political and security risks. Born and raised a Catholic, the Church's social teaching is both a challenge and inspiration to her. She also writes a monthly column in The Southern Cross.

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