At St. Juliana Convent for Servite Sisters was abuzz with triple celebrations last Sunday the 6th January 2019. Two sisters Sr. Philiphina Mamba and Sr. Alexia Kaberuka of Uganda origin were celebrating their Golden and Silver Jubilees having joined the Servite Order, respectively. At the same time, the Swaziland Council of Catholic Women (SCCW) came in number from all parishes in the Diocese of Manzini to present gifts in the form of groceries and money to all Sisters at the convent.
by Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini Prime Minister of Eswatini
So often we hear of scandals and bad examples within the priesthood. In reality, these priests constitute but a small percentage of the priesthood. Rarely do we hear about one of God’s faithful servants who (like the large majority of priests) day in and day out fulfills his ministry in quiet fidelity and love. In this issue of the Crusade for Priests we want to bring to your attention the life of one such faithful priest. The following are remarks to be shared in a memorial service of Fr. Larry – Inyoni (as he was fondly called by most of us who were his students) who faithfully fulfilled his ministry up until the last few months of his life, when ill-health finally overcame him. He was well known and loved by us students and the entire Eswatini nation. Father Larry was an extra ordinary person. His accomplishments and impact in the country will be felt by many generations to come. Fr. Larry was not the sort of a priest who gave brilliant homilies from the pulpit. Nevertheless, he gave an inspiring witness of his love for God and self-sacrificing service in his priestly ministry.
The diocese of Manzini is blessed with the presence of eight religious communities: four male and four female. Some time ago I suggested to their delegates in the diocese to come together once a year and thank God for their call.
Last January, delegates from the female communities asked me to invite all religious and the diocesan priests for a day of reflection and prayer. The day: 2 February. The place: the bishop’s house.