By ITUMELENG MAFISA OMI
Father Paul Decock, the longest serving staff member of the St Joseph’s Theological Institute (SJTI), in Pietermaritzburg was honoured on the feast of St Joseph, on March 19 2018 with the naming of an auditorium after him.
Father Decock, who is a Professor of Biblical Studies, has been lecturing at the institute for 50 years. The 75 year old Belgian priest has taught many religious, priests and bishops since his arrival in South Africa in the 1969.
Father Decock was instrumental in the foundation of the SJTI, which has become renowned for the illustrious training of Catholic priests and religious.
“The Oblates have always been responsive to the needs of the time. We have always been involved in university education,” said Father Decock.
Father Decock said the Oblates have been instrumental in setting up universities in different parts of the world including Canada, Lesotho and the Philippines.
Father Decock also said while in the past St Joseph’s had purely been for Oblates, the inclusion of other religious congregations has brought communities together with one goal.
He said the institute had reached an agreement with the University of KwaZulu-Natal. This agreement would enable postgraduate studies in Catholic courses through the University.
Three distinguished guests from St Vincent de Paul were interviewed by Fr Emil during his morning show on 14 March. The interview will shortly be available on podcast. It was an honour for us to receive the 16th president of the SVdeP, Brother Renato Lima de Oliveira of Brazil, who was highly impressed with our radio station. Accompanying him was the vice president, Brother Joseph Makwinja of Botswana and our local national president, Brother Peter Keshwa.
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Over the next three months, the building which houses radio Veritas and the Knights of da Gama will be up undergoing refurbishing. As you listen to Radio Veritas you will no doubt be hearing hammering and chipping away at the building. Please understand that this is due to the building renovations. It could also reach the stage that we will not be able to do much live broadcasting over the next three months due to the noise. Please bear with us. We will try to do the best we can in the circumstances.
Following the inaugural edition in 2016, the Radio Veritas Warriors together with Radio Veritas South Africa hosted their second annual “Shepherds on the Green” for priests from around the country on Monday the 27th of November 2017.
The Benoni Country Club played host to more than 120 priests from around the country in an event organised by local community radio station, Radio Veritas South Africa. The facility was prepared exclusively for the enjoyment of the Shepherds of the Catholic Church for the day.
The special day started out with a nutritious five-star breakfast provided by the country club, followed by the different sports and activities. The priests were able to partake in soccer games, cycling, golf, tennis, bowls, squash and a variety of board games.
Throughout the day, the priests were treated to massages, haircuts and general health check-ups by the Catholic Nurses Guild. Following the activity-packed day, the priests freshened up for the gala dinner. They were treated to a scrumptious three-course meal with entertainment and they were also thanked for their service to the community.
Radio Veritas Executive Director Fr. Emil Blaser OP said “The Shepherds on the Green event was a resounding success once more and I hope to see more priests attending the event next year”
This event was organised to show our priests the appreciation that they so often do not get for the work that they do for the church as well as their respective communities. Radio Veritas, as well as the Radio Veritas Warriors, are extremely proud of the way the event turned out.