Kokstad, 14 June, 2022 / 9:19 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Bishop in South Africa has called on the new Local Ordinary of the country’s Kokstad Diocese to live his Episcopal ministry by giving hope to those “haunted by the mistakes and sins of the past.”
In his homily during the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Thulani Victor Mbuyisa on June 11, Bishop Sithembele Anton Sipuka highlighted what is expected of Bishops in their resolve to “seek out the stray”.
“As you will resolve today before you are ordained to seek out the stray, your task as Bishop will include encouraging those who are haunted by the mistakes and sins of the past,” Bishop Sipuka said.
The Local Ordinary of Umtata Diocese who doubles as the President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference said the mission of seeking out the lost includes reaching out to “those who have left the Church”, offering them a message of hope so as not “to despair about themselves but to come back home and use the gifts God has given them for the building up of his kingdom."
“Some of these people who go astray will include the Priests who will need your fatherly encouragement and guidance to regain the purpose of their vocation," he told Bishop Mbuyisa during Ordination Holy Mass held at Kokstad College Rugby Sports Field of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province.