St. John’s Feast

St. John the Baptist is the patron Saint of the Order of Malta.
Being the Order’s Relief Organisation for South Africa we celebrate the Solemnity of St. John every year as one of our two major feasts,
where we welcome the new members and socialise with all our members, benefactors and supporters.


The celebration of the Solemnity of St. John the Baptist

at Blessed Gérard's Care Centre on 26 June 2005

Our active members Mr. Maximilian Rauecker and Mrs. Gabriele Rauecker were invested as Honorary Dedicated Members. This is the highest honour the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard can confer and it is done in gratitude and acknowledgement of their extraordinary participation, support, loyalty and fidelity to our work, our principles and our vocation.

All new members were officially received into the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard during this celebration and received the members’ medal of our Brotherhood.

The 10th anniversary of Blessed Gérard’s Pre-Primary School & Crèche and the 5th anniversary of Blessed Gérard’s Children’s Home and Blessed Gérard’s Disaster Relief Project were celebrated as well.

Festive Holy Mass at Blessed Gérard's Church


(left to right): Dr. Paul Thabethe (Medical Superintendent of the BBG), Sr. Nokuthula Thabethe (Director of Charity of the BBG), Mrs. Clare Kalkwarf D.M. (Vice-President of the BBG), Fr. Gérard, Fr. Severin Pschorn (Active member of the BBG), Piers Birtwistle (Knight of Magistral Grace of the SMOM), Lillian Molloy (Honorary Dedicated Member of the BBG), Gabriele und Maximilian Rauecker (Active members of the BBG)


Piers Birtwistle, Lillian Molloy and Dr. Paul Thabethe read the readings and psalm


Father Severin Pschorn O.S.B. reads the gospel


Father Gérard delivers the sermon explaining why Gabriele and Max Rauecker were chosen to become Honorary Dedicated Members of the BBG


Father Gérard blesses the capes for the new Honorary Dedicated members of the BBG, Gabriele und Max Rauecker


Mrs Clare Kalkwarf invests Gabriele ...


... and Maximilian Rauecker ...


the new Honorary Dedicated Members of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard


Then Fr. Gérard blesses the medals for the new members of the BBG ...


... and the Dedicated Members (here Dr. Thabethe) present the medals to the new members (here Sr. Sheilagh Schröder).


Afterwards all the new members receive a special blessing by Father Gérard.


The Eucharistic celebration continues ...


... and after Holy Mass all the Dedicated Members of the BBG pose for a photo
(from left to right) Gabriele Rauecker, Dr. Paul Thabethe, Clare Kalkwarf D.M., Father Gérard, Sr. Nokuthula Thabethe, Lillian Molloy, Maximilian Rauecker


Father Gérard (centre) is very proud of the new Honorary Dedicated Members:
Gabriele and Maximilian Rauecker.

Continuation of the celebration outside Blessed Gérard's Care Centre


Miss Fikile Mthethwa is presented with the BBG President's Award for 2005 for her good care of the children in Blessed Gérard’s Children’s Home as a housekeeping assistant and caregiver, her sense of responsibility and outstanding readiness offering to take on extra-ordinary duties voluntarily.


Happy First Birthday to John Zulu


The birthday cake presented by Gabriele and Maximilian Rauecker has next to John's single candle another candle with the number "50" on it ...


... and that is for Father Gérard, who celebrated his 50th birthday just a few days after the feast.


Blessed Gérard's Children's Home celebrated its 5th anniversary of foundation.
Caregivers and children rejoice.


Blessed Gérard's Pre-Primary School and Crèche celebrated its 10th anniversary of foundation singing and dancing to everybody's delight.


This page is part of the Newsletter No. 25 of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard




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