A MESSAGE ON THE 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF ST JOSEPH'S MISSIONARY SOCIETY – BISHOP PETER HOLIDAY DIOCESE OF KROONSTAD S.A.
If the Lord does not build the house in vain do the workers labour. As the Mill Hill Missionaries celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the St Joseph's Missionary Society we give thanks to God. Indeed the house of Evangelization,of Missionary Proclamation of the Gospel has borne fruit. The labours of Cardinal Herbert Vaughan has not been invain but has brought forth much fruit to the glory of God and the life of the Church. Following in the footsteps of Cardinal Vaughan dedicated missionary priests have been sent out to proclaim the Good News of God's saving love around the world. Fulfilling Jesus command'Go and make disciples of all nations'. The Diocese of Kroonstad South Africa has been blessed since 1978 to this day with the presence of Mill Hill Missionaries in missionary ministry to love and to serve in the parish communities entrusted to their pastoral care. We celebrate this most significant occasion with you,united with the St Joseph's Missionary Society throughout the world. To proclaim the Word of God as messengers of mercy and reconciliation. Pope Francis in his talk to missionaries calls the church to grow in Evangelical Passion. It sums up the heart and spirit of the missionary passion of Cardinal Herbert Vaughan.
I encourage you to continue to have this Missionary Passion. I thank you for your presence,mission and priestly ministry in the Diocese of Kroonstad. Fr Michael Corcoran expresses the 150th Anniversary of the St Joseph's Missionary Society in appropriate words'This is a significant milestone in the life of the Society as it marks a substantial contribution to the Church for over 150 years'.Let us celebrant with joy and thanksgiving to God who has called each one of you to be Missionaries of the Gospel. Congratulations !