Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard

Fritz Count of Strachwitz

 and his wife

Elisabeth Countess of Strachwitz

for their visit from 24 to 29 November 2003
at Blessed Gérard's Care Centre which runs
Blessed Gérard's Hospice, Blessed Gérard's Children's Home, Blessed Gérard's Community Development Centre, Blessed Gérard's AIDS Education Programme and Blessed Gérard's Friendship Club
in Mandeni / Zululand / South Africa.

Count Strachwitz joined our brotherhood on 15 December 1992, only 17 days after it was founded and he is member No. 9. He is now the procurator of the Bohemian Grand Priory of the Order of Malta. Fr. Gérard first met Count Strachwitz, then Youth Officer of Malteser Hilfsdienst in the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart in Germany, on 31 October 1984, when they jointly trained youth brigade group leaders and they have been close friends ever since, for nearly 20 years. His wife Elisabeth, called “Sissy” Countess of Strachwitz also joined our brotherhood during her visit and immediately got involved in the care of our patients in the hospice and showed her good heart especially to our babies who are terminally ill with AIDS.

Blessed Gérard's Hospice is the hospice at the hotspot of the AIDS pandemic in South Africa where 88% of tested people are HIV-positive! Blessed Gérard's Care Centre combines five out of twelve charitable projects, which the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard, the Relief Organisation of the Order of Malta in South Africa, runs there.

This page is part of the Newsletter No. 23 of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard

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