Johannesburg, 18 January, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) gathering for their Plenary Assembly at St. John Vianney National Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Pretoria in South Africa have been urged to endeavor to “advance the mission of evangelization” in their deliberations.
In his homily during the opening Mass of the SACBC Plenary Assembly on Tuesday, January 17, Archbishop Dabula Mpako reflected on the Patron Saint of the day, St. Anthony of Egypt, and underlined the need to emulate the St. Anthony’s spirit of detachment and zeal for evangelization.
“I recommend that we keep this in mind throughout our discussions and deliberations in this plenary session by constantly asking ourselves how the discussions we engage in, and the decisions we take relate to and advance the mission of evangelization; St. Anthony reminds us of that,” Archbishop Mpako said.
The Local Ordinary of Pretoria Archdiocese added, “St. Anthony reminds us that our most fundamental mission and ministry as leaders in the Church is that of evangelization.”
He said that the ultimate goal of evangelization is to create a situation that will give God His rightful place in people’s lives by being fully available as God’s instruments.