The month of October 2001 saw the first visit of Father Gérard’s major superior to the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard. It was a great honour for us to welcome Father Archabbot Jeremias Schröder of St. Ottilien Archabbey in Germany and Abbot Basil Ngaponda of Mvimwa Abbey in Tanzania, to Mandeni and we were grateful that they could spend a whole day with Father Gérard during the canonical visitation of Inkamana Abbey. The day after he left, Archabbot Jeremias wrote in an e-mail to the archabbey: “Yesterday I was in Mandini to meet Fr. Gérard and I got an excellent impression. …this is surely amongst the best of what we have to offer in our congregation.” The Archabbot was so impressed by what he saw that he was gracious enough to apply for membership of our organisation.
We welcome you, Father Archabbot Jeremias, and thank you for the acknowledgement, support and help which you are giving us.
This page is part of the Newsletter No. 21 of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard
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