Number 12: July 2020
Theme: I was a stranger and you welcomed me. The AGM was very well attended and much appreciated. The new Executive Committee was elected. Thank you for all your support and participation.
Sr. Thao Phi FMM was appointed by the Executive Members and began her service at LCCLSA office on the 01 June 2020. She is a member of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM). She was born in Vietnam and joined the FMM in the USA. She began her mission in South Africa in 2008. She worked as teacher and principal in Coronationville, Johannesburg and Mpuluzi, Mpumalanga. She was appointed the Provincial Bursar for the FMM in South Africa from 2018 until now. She is looking forward to work, to learn and to give her best in the service and interest of LCCL (SA).
During the meeting Executive Members discussed and accepted their engagement with their portfolios.
The Portfolios were as follows:
Secretary General: Sr Thao Phi FMM
CATHCA: Fr Bheki Shabalala CMM
Catholic Board of Education [CBE]: Sr Stephany Thiel OP Newcastle
Council for Evangelisation: Sr Nkhensani Shibambu CSA, Fr Jude Burgers MCCJ, Sr Thao
Counter Trafficking: Sr Marichu Gacayan SSsP
Finance Committee: Sr Nkhensani, Sr Maureen Yenson OP King, Sr Thao
Formation Initial: Sr Thobile Gumede OP Montebello
Formation Ongoing: Sr Cecilia Anawanti EHJ
Gender Issues: Fr Myke Mwale OP
National Joint Witness: Sr Nkhensani, Fr Bheki, Sr Thao
Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation: Fr Gerard Pagnan SMA
Professional Conduct and Child Safeguarding: Sr Nkhensani and Fr Callistus Zulu TOR
Website & LCCL Communication: Sr Stephany, Fr Myke and Sr Thao
Youth: Fr Callistus
All members were present: Bishop Sipuka (SACBC President), Archbishop Mpako and Bishop Rose (SACBC Vice Presidents), Sr Hermengild Makoro CPS (SACBC Secretary General), Fr Patrick Rakeketsi CSS (SACBC Associate Secretary General), Sr Nkhensani Shibambu CSA (LCCL President), Fr Bheki Shabablala CMM (LCCL Vice-President), Sr Maureen Rooney HC (LCCL Secretary General).
There were two main items on the Agenda:
1. The impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic and the Lockdown on the Church at present and in the future
2. 2021 National Joint Witness Meeting: A Preparatory Committee was set up: Dates and venue to be decided later.
The September 2020 workshop in Gauteng for Religious in Temporary Vows has been cancelled.
The Executive met to respond to the COVID 19 outbreak in the CPS convent in Mthatha. Sr. Nkhensani contacted CATHCA and received assistance of R80, 000 for PPE equipment etc. for the CPS Sisters. We thank CATHCA for their support. It was decided to send a letter to LCCL members inviting Congregational Leaders to let LCCL know how best LCCL might assist when needs arise. LCCL hopes to be a support and source of strength to its members. Stay safe and keep others safe! God bless!
Sr Thao Phi FMM (Secretary General)
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