Blessed Gérard's Feast 2007

Anniversary Function commemorating 15 years of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard

Father Gérard said in his speech:

"15 years ago, on the 28th of October 1992, our Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard was founded by Dr. and Mrs. Thabethe, Mr. and Mrs. Kalkwarf and myself.
The foundation intended to re-vitalise the original spirit of the Brotherhood of St. John founded by Blessed Gérard.
The Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard was established to create an instrument to look after neglected sick people in the Mandeni area, i.e. in the areas of Mandeni and Mangete Parish.
All projects were established as a specific answer to the specific problems in the Mandeni area.
We could brag with impressive statistics, but more important than figures are the people:

  1. We thank the active and dedicated members,
    who have done all the work.

  2. We thank the financial supporters and donors,
    who have financed all our activities. Many of these donations were the cents of the poor widow, to talk in biblical terms.

  3. We thank the spiritual supporters,
    who have accompanied us with their most valuable prayers.

  4. We thank the patients,
    who have entrusted themselves into our care and represented Christ to us.

  5. We thank other organisations, which we are networking with,
    especially the Most Venerable Order of St. John, the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of South Africa and the Hospice Association of kwaZulu/Natal.

  6. We thank the governments,
    especially the government of the United States of America for their most valuable support of our HAART Programme through their "President's Emergency Plan for AIDS-Relief in Africa" (PEPFAR).

  7. We thank the Church hierarchy,
    especially the Diocese of Eshowe, the late Bishop Mansuet Dela Biyase, the Administrator of the Diocese of Eshowe, Father Ndaba, and the South African Catholic Bishops' Conference and its AIDS Desk.

  8. We thank the Order of Saint Benedict,
    especially St. Ottilien Archabbey, Inkamana Abbey and the Benedictine Mission House in Schuyler/U.S.A.

  9. We thank the Order of Malta, especially HMEH the Grandmaster, the Grand Hospitaller, and its British, German and Canadian Associations.

The fact that we exist and the work that we could achieve in spite of most difficult circumstances (finances, human resources) is like a miracle.
The fact that we can expand not only our buildings, but the quality and scope of our care is a special blessing.

I request your continued support! Do not sit back in complacency! Nothing has been achieved without lots of effort ad hard work. Let us carry on doing all we can and God will complete the good he has started through us.

Thank you and may God bless you abundantly!"

This page is part of the Newsletter No. 27 of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard

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