Father Gérard welcomed everybody and gave an introduction of the significance of the celebration.
Dedicated Member Dr. Paul Thabethe read the reading from Holy Scripture.
Bishop Xolelo Kumalo delivered a very touching and lively sermon.
Bishop Xolelo Kumalo blessed the Cape for the Dedicated Members which Dr. Andreas Heinze was to be invested with:
"God uses signs to express his extraordinary mercy toward us.
We also use signs to express our gratitude, declare our willingness to serve God, and profess to be resolved to live up to our baptismal consecration.
This cape is a sign of entering the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard as a Dedicated Member.
The cape thus expresses the intention of living in the spirit of that association.
That intention renews our baptismal resolve to put on Christ with the help of Mary, whose own greatest desire is that we become more like Christ in praise of the Trinity, until, dressed for the wedding feast, we reach our home in heaven.
Almighty God, bless + this cape and give the one who wears it the grace to live up to the promise they have made to implement the beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount by protecting the faith and serving the poor.
This we ask through Christ our Lord.
Prayer of Conferral:
"Dr. Heinze, receive this cape as the sign of your acceptance as an Honorary
Dedicated Member into the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard.
Live in such a way that, with the help of the mother of God, St. John the Baptist and Blessed Gérard, you may more and more put on Christ, who redeemed us by his blood, for the glory of the Trinity and for the service of the Church and of your neighbour.
Father Gérard invested Dr. Andreas Heinze with the Cape for the Dedicated Members of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard.
Bishop Xolelo Kumalo gave the new Honorary Dedicated Member of Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard, Dr. Andreas Heinze, a special blessing:
"May almighty God bless you with his gentle kindness and give you the vision of
his saving wisdom. Amen.
May he continue to nourish you with the teaching of faith and enable you to remain steadfast in doing what is right. Amen.
May he turn your steps always toward him and lead you along the pathway of peace and charity. Amen.
And may almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit. Amen. "
Our new Honorary Dedicated Member: Dr. Andreas Heinze
Bishop Xolelo Kumalo blessed the Members' Medals of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard:
"God is love.
In the desire to make us share in this love, he sent his Son into the world to come to our aid and in gentle kindness to help those who were weak, sick, or unfortunate.
In his great love for all of us, Christ said that whatever we do for the least among us we do for him.
He called those who show mercy "blessed of his Father" and promised them eternal life.
Let us then pray for the Lord's richest blessings for the members of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard, who are devoted to helping their brothers and sisters.
Lord, bless + these medals and the members of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard who wear them as a sign of their resolve to protect the faith and to serve the poor.
Through Christ our Lord.
Then Bishop Xolelo Kumalo prayed the Prayer of conferral of the medals:
"O God, the author and perfecter of all holiness, you call all who are reborn of
water and the Holy Spirit to the fullness of the Christian life and the
perfection of charity.
Look with kindness on those who devoutly receive this medal in praise of Blessed Gérard.
As long as they live, let them become sharers in the image of Christ your Son and, after they have fulfilled their mission on earth receive them into the joy of your heavenly home.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
The Dedicated Members of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard then conferred the medals to the new members.
"Receive 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. Amen."
Amongst the new members of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard were very distinct personalities:
Major Ian Crowther JCD MBE GCStJ, the Prior of the Priory for South Africa of the Order of St. John.
Mr Craig Troeberg KStJ, the CEO of the Priory for South Africa of the Order of St. John.
(from right to left): Mr. Sven Anderson, the new General Manager of Blessed Gérard's Care Centre and Mr. Simiso Ntobela, the new Principal of Blessed Gérard's Children's Home.
(right to left): Major Ian Crowther JCD MBE GCStJ, Mr Craig Troeberg KStJ, Mr. Sven Anderson
Sr. .... O.S.B.
Bishop Xolelo Kumalo blessed all new members of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard:
"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.
At the bidding prayers
(left to right) Main Celebrant Bishop Xolelo Kumalo, Father Gérard, Father Sithembiso Ngcobo (Chaplain of Blessed Gérard's Care Centre), Father Richard Multerer O.S.B. (Prior of Inkamana Abbey) and Father John Paul Mwaniki O.S.B. (Superior of the Benedictine Study House in Cedara/Howick)
Father Gérard welcomed all guests (with him at table from left to right) Dr. Paul Thabethe, Sr. Andreas Heinze, Yvonne Renaud and her husband Louis Renaud
A special welcome was given to Mr. Horst Achtzehn, the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Durban and his wife,
the members of the Order of St. John (who since today are also all members of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard)
(from left to right) Mr. John Schnell, Mrs Caroline Clark, Mr. Craig Troeberg, Mr Victor Claudius and Major Ian Crowther,
Father Richard Multerer O.S.B. (Prior of Inkamana Abbey), Br. Daniel Gakuya O.S.B. (Professor for Veterinary Medicine at the University of Nairobi/Kenya and member of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard for more than 11 years) and Father John Paul Mwaniki O.S.B. (Superior of the Benedictine Study House Cedara),
The Benedictine Sisters of Twasana (three of them - Sr. Thecla, Sr. Edith and Sr. Conradine - are forming Blessed Gérard's Convent within Blessed Gérard's Care Centre) and
Mr. Erich Winkler (Member of the Board of Advisors of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard)
Dr. Paul Thabethe conferred the epaulettes for Dedicated Members to Dr. Andreas Heinze.
Dr. Paul Thabethe handed Mr. Sven Anderson the Certificate of Appointment as General Manager of Blessed Gérard's Care Centre.
Mrs. Yvonne Renaud handed Mr. Simiso Ntobela the Certificate of Appointment as Principal of Blessed Gérard's Children's Home.
Dr. Paul Thabethe and Fr. Gérard conferred the epaulettes for members in managerial positions to the Chaplain of Blessed Gérard's Care Centre: Father Sithembiso Ngcobo.
Miss Ntombi Ndlangamandla received her certificate of appointment and epaulettes as Vice-Principal of Blessed Gérard's Children's Home.
Father Gérard conferred the Presidents Award 2010 to Father Sithembiso Ngcobo "in gratitude and acknowledgement of his most faithful and invaluable service as the Chaplain of Blessed Gérard’s Care Centre, his leadership role as a Council Member of Blessed Gérard’s Care Centre and his exemplary zeal as an active member of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard."
Father Gérard handed a special Certificate of Gratitude to the Priory of South Africa of the Order of St. John
Major Ian Crowther responded with a moving speech cherishing the mutual friendship between the Order of St. John and the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard as the South African Relief Organisation of the Order of Malta. He emphasised that on this very day the Lord Prior of the Order of St. John and the Grandmaster of the Order of Malta are meeting at Rome to discuss ways of even closer cooperation between these two Orders of St. John.
Father Gérard gave a special Vote of Thanks to tireless and most dedicated fund-raiser Mr. Victor Claudius.
After a most delicious lunch provided by the Caterers of Blessed Gérard's Care Centre everybody was entertained by singing and dancing children of Blessed Gérard's Children's Home:
accompanied by our "Reverend Drummer Girl" Sr. Edith Zulu O.S.B. (She graduated recently as Early Childhood Educator. Congratulations!)
Dr. Khaya Nzimande, the Manager of Blessed Gérard's Hospice, lead us through the entertainment programme.
Dr. Andreas Heinze and Mrs. Yvonne Renaud making friends with the currently youngest child of Blessed Gérard's Children's Home: Charles Benedict.
The new General Manager of Blessed Gérard's Care Centre Sven Anderson and his wife (they got married on 28th August 2010 - Congratulations!). We thank Mrs. Anderson very much for taking these photos.
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