Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard

Diary of April 2009


1 April 2009: 5 years Blessed Gérard's Hospice - HAART Programme - Highly Active Anti Retroviral Therapy

2 April 2009: Meeting of the Board of Directors & Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of the Dedicated Members of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard: The major decision is to include Blessed Gérard's Relief Fund, Blessed Gérard's Bursary Fund, Blessed Gérard's Poor Sick Fund, Blessed Gérard's Malnutrition Clinic, Blessed Gérard's Pre-Primary School & Crèche, Blessed Gérard's First Aid & Emergency Service and Blessed Gérard's Disaster Relief Project into Blessed Gérard's Care Centre. This became possible through a change in South African tax law, i.e. that all our charitable purposes are now tax deductible activities within South Africa. That makes Blessed Gérard's Care Centre now the all inclusive operational Branch of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard in Mandeni and we hope and pray that other branches may develop in different places in due course of time. See the updated organisation chart!


5 April 2009: Children of Blessed Gérard's Children's Home attend enacted Stations of the Cross at the Greyville Race Course in Durban


11 April 2009: Our oldest member, Father Heribert Ruf O.S.B. celebrates his 97th birthday at Münsterschwarzach Abbey in Germany.


11 April 2009: Baptism of Cebo, Slondeko and Noxolo of Blessed Gérard's Children's Home in the Easter Vigil Service at Blessed Gérard's Church.


12 April 2009: Easter outing of Blessed Gérard's Children's Home to Golden Hours playground in Durban.


15 April 2009: VVIPs at Blessed Gérard's Care Centre: Abbot Godfrey Sieber O.S.B. of Inkamana Abbey and Abbot Rhabanus Petri O.S.B. of Schweiklberg Abbey / Germany come for a visit.


16 April 2009: Dedicated Members' Meeting of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard and Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Blessed Gérard's Care Centre.


17 April 2009: Today we were notified that the Order of Malta's Poste Magistrali will issue a stamp in September 2009 using a picture (see above) taken at Blessed Gérard's Pre-Primary School & Crèche. We are absolutely excited!
See: Blessed Gérard's Pre-Primary School and Crèche - Postage Stamp of the Order of Malta

18 April - 5 August 2009: Father Gérard goes overseas on long leave (so-called "Home-leave")

18 April 2009: The store room of Blessed Gerard's Care Centre was the target of another burglary.


19 April 2009: Father Gérard meets our honorary dedicated members Max & Gabi Rauecker at St. Ottilien Archabbey in Germany.


20 April 2009: Our member Brother George Ostheimer O.S.B. of Inkamana Abbey celebrates the 40th anniversary of his missionary assignment.

This page is part of the Newsletter No. 29 of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard




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