Blessed Gérard's Feast 2008

12th October 2008

Festive High Mass

A large crowd of members of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard had been assembled.

After the sermon Bishop Xolelo T Kumalo blessed the medals for our new members

and the Dedicated Members presented the new members (including Bishop Xolelo T Kumalo in the photo) with the medal.

Our new members received a special blessing from Bishop Xolelo

and Holy Mass continued.


At the following function several appointments were made:

The "heads of department" received their certificates of appointment and the epaulettes with the yellow braid (signifying their authority):

Sr. Thandi Bhengu heads the Residential Care Programme of Blessed Gérard's Hospice

Mr. Victor Himunchul is the Principal of Blessed Gérard's Children's Home

Sr. Mirriam Makhoba heads the Home Care Programme of Blessed Gérard's Hospice

Mr. Fred Norris heads the Mainenance Team of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard

Miss Patricia Zikhali heads the educational team at Blessed Gérard's Pre-Primary School & Crèche

Mr Thamsanqa Gumede is the Finance Officer of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard

Miss Sindi Ndlovu heads the Catering Team at Blessed Gérard's Care Centre

The new project coordinators and project administrator received their certificates of appointment.

They had received their epaulettes with the blue braid earlier(signifying their authority):

Mrs. Carolyn Nunn is our newly appointed Project Administrator of Blessed Gérard's Hospice

Mr. Wiseman Zulu is our newly appointed Project Coordinator of Blessed Gérard's First Aid and Emergency Service and of Blessed Gérard's Disaster Relief Project.

Dr. Khaya Nzimande is our newly appointed Project Coordinator of Blessed Gérard's Hospice

Following this our advisory board, the President's Council, was revived with the appointments of

Mr. Kevin Horton (an advisor in Financial Management)

Mr. Erich Winkler (an advisor in Business Management)

Mrs. Lientjie Yeo (an advisor in legal matters)

Mr. Zacharia Mathonsi (an advisor in Human Resources Management)

Mr. Stuart Gillbanks, an advisor in pharmaceutical matters, was prevented from attending the function, but we are as grateful to him as to all the others, that they have agreed to be part of the President's Council.

Thereafter our board of auditors was established with the appointment of

our Bishop Xolelo T. Kumalo.

Abbot Godfrey Sieber O.S.B. of Inkamana Abbey and Sr. Gregoria Lutter O.S.F., the superior of the Holy Childhood Sisters in South Africa were also appointed, but they had not been able to attend the function.

Miss Susanne Stauffer was presented with the "Badge of Honour" of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard

The sad news which we had to announce is that Miss Susanne Stauffer will leave us on 16th December 2008 to return to Germany. After more than four years of voluntary service which she has rendered with an unmatched idealism, diligence and dedication we will have to say farewell to her. Because of her extraordinary readiness to avail herself for whatever was needed she became a Dedicated Member on 24th June 2007, was elected into our Executive Council as Administrator of Goods, was appointed as Vice-Manager and Project Coordinator of Blessed Gérard's Children's Home, Blessed Gérard's Relief Fund, Blessed Gérard's Bursary Fund and Blessed Gérard's Poor Sick Fund. Father Gérard said in his speech that no word, no acknowledgement and no gift could ever adequately express how grateful we are to Miss Stauffer for what she has done for us. She had already received the President's Award in 2006 and the highest honour the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard can bestow, the honorary dedicated membership, she had already superceeded when she became a dedicated member. Therefore the Executive Council has decided to award Susanne Stauffer with the last "Badge of Honour" as these were limited and this was the last one available.

Susanne Stauffer receiving the "Badge of Honour"

Children from Blessed Gérard's Children's Home presented their Susi with a basket full of her favourite foods.

Father Gérard thanked our housekeeper Caroline Beaumont for having worked tirelessly to prepare the Feast so wonderfully.

Bishop Xolelo blessed the food everybody had been waiting for patiently and the large crowd of members enjoyed a good meal.

We wholeheartedly thank our new member Bishop Xolelo Kumalo for showing his great pastoral zeal by being there for us, his flock.

This page is part of the Newsletter No. 28 of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard

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