The celebration started at 9:30 a.m. with a

Festive High Mass

celebrated by His Excellency, Bishop Gerard Ndlovu (bishop emeritus of Umzimkhulu Diocese)

Blessed Gérard's Church was filled beyond limit and some people had to be seated outside on the veranda.

Special guests of honour (from right to left): The Chancellor of the Most Venerable Order of St John in South Africa Major Ian Crowther, the Chief Executive Officer of the Order of St. John in South Africa Mr Craig Troeberg, Mr John M Schnell MMM JCD KStJ and the Assistant Chief Commissioner of the Order of St. John Mrs Caroline Clark.

Bishop Ndlovu during his sermon

Bishop Ndlovu blessed the medals for the new members of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard after the sermon.

Doctor and Sister Thabethe presented the medals to the new members while Father Gérard said:
"Recieve this medal as the sign of your acceptance into the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard.
Live in such a way that you may honour God through the protection of faith and service to the poor

Father Sibusiso Zulu, the parish priest of Mangete,

Mrs Caroline Clark, Assistant Chief Commissioner of the Order of St. John

and many others.

After the conferral of the medals Father Gérard blessed all the new members:
"Blessed are you, Lord, God of mercy, who through your Son gave us a marvellous example of charity and the great commandment of love for one another. Send down your blessings on these your servants, who so generously devote themselves to helping others. When they are called on in times of need, let them faithfully serve you in their neighbour. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen."

After the reception of the new members Holy Mass continued.

This page is part of the Newsletter No. 26 of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard

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