He went on to reiterate his appreciation for Bishop Zithulele saying, "Coming to this diocese five years ago, I appreciated the ministry of this sodality as it is based on the Works of Mercy and the Works of Charity."
"Through his initiative, I found a Men’s Forum and the Women’s Forum making contributions to the diocese, especially to the medical support of the Priests. He also introduced an annual ‘Harvest’ as a way of raising funds for the diocese," says Bishop Phalana.
For Fr. Lawrence Mdudzi Ndlovu, the late Bishop Zithulele was “a good person.”
"His heart was always in the right place. He always met people at the point of humanity first not what or who they were first. For this reason, small or old, rich or poor, anyone from anywhere felt the same in his presence,” the Priest posted on his Facebook page.
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Fr. Mdudzi who worked with the Bishop closely when he (Bishop) was in charge of the Youth Office at SACBC also remembered the late Prelate as one who was "always available for everything."
"We enjoyed his support and we all felt strongly that we had a father and a lover of justice, principle and truth," Fr. Mdudzi recalled.
In a statement dated Tuesday, July 7, members of IMBISA Secretariat “assured all affected by the death of Bishop Mvemve of prayers of Divine consolation as well as imploring God's mercy for the dearly departed Bishop."
"May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace," members of the IMBISA secretariat added.
Lerato Palesa posted on Facebook, "Rest in Peace Bishop Patrick Zithulele Mvemve. Ever soft spoken. Ever serene. Ever peaceful. You have finished the race. You have taught the faith. You did well and the Master is more than happy to have you home!"
The Late Bishop Zithulele is expected to be laid to rest next Tuesday, July 14 in his native Archdiocese of Johannesburg.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.