The Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard wholeheartedly welcomes its most prominent member:

His Eminence, Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier O.F.M.

Being part and parcel of the Roman Catholic Church’s special response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa we meet His Eminence, the archbishop of Durban and chairman of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier, O.F.M again and again at various meetings and conferences. We felt strongly that we should invite his Eminence, as the head of the Church in South Africa, to visit us to see with his own eyes and experience what we are doing as part of his flock.

Cardinal Napier spent a whole day on 9 March 2004 with us, looked and listened very attentively to our presentation and guided tour of our service and was obviously very impressed with our work.

We are highly honoured that our Cardinal has acknowledged our organisation and its work by expressing his wish to accept our invitation and become a member of our brotherhood.

He was officially received into the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard and presented with the members’ medal on the (early celebration of the) Feast of Blessed Gérard at Blessed Gérard’s Care Centre, Mandeni, on Saturday, 18 September 2004.


Dr. Paul Thabethe, Sr. Nokuthula Thabethe, Clare Kalkwarf, Cardinal Napier, Father Gérard


This page is part of the Newsletter No. 24 of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard




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