Christmas Letter from Bishop Adam




 For unto you is born this day

 in the city of David

 a Saviour who is Christ the Lord.

 (Luke 2:11)



Peace be with you!

This year of 2017 has been one in which our diocese reached a milestone worthy of joyful celebration and praise of our Lord. Established in 1967, the diocese has found itself being shaped by the winds of socio-economic and political change into what it is today. There were many stormy years in its early development which were contrasted by periods of growth and tranquillity thanks to the diligent work of priests, religious and the people of the diocese who cooperated with the grace of God. Today the diocese is growing in faith and in number, and after timely reflection on our 50 year long journey, the theme for our golden jubilee was chosen as ‘Go and witness’. As a people united in faith, we are therefore compelled by the love of the Lord to give active witness to the world of the goodness and greatness of God through our own lives in the family and in the Church. It is by this witnessing that we will bring the light of Christ into our communities and families which are so often overwhelmed by the darkness of conflict and indifference. We have to witness to Christ, who is the only hope for lasting peace and joy.

As you may already be well aware, we have had many challenges in recent times. Several of our church buildings were broken into and tabernacles were violated. These may be seen as signs of the absence of love and respect for that which is sacred in our Roman Catholic Church. The diocese faced great challenges with regards to pastoral appointments and work too. Whilst the diocese had to deal with the loss in personnel of Sacred Heart priests, we were happy to gain helpful hands with the advent of Fr. Zbigniew Pieczuro and the Sisters of the Franciscans of the Family of Mary Srs. Anna and Joanna. I ask that you join me in my prayer for local vocations to the priesthood and religious life and I ask that we encourage young people to consider offering their lives to Christ and his Church in this noble and fulfilling way of life. The diocese currently has one candidate for the priesthood studying philosophy in Kwazulu-Natal.  

Amongst the wonderful presentations of the parishes of the diocese at the jubilee celebration we had this year, another highlight was the visit of the Apostolic Nuncio; the representative of Pope Francis. The last time a nuncio visited the diocese was over 20 years ago!

As we approach Christmas, the season of thanksgiving for God’s graces and blessing, I wish to thank in a very special way the Diocesan Senate for collaborating with me as well as the staff and all associates for their work at the Divine Mercy Centre. A word of gratitude also goes to the diocesan pastoral council and all parish councils as well as all the sodalities that carry out invaluable work. Your zeal and dedication is a tangible witness to the diocese and the communities you serve and is very much appreciated. I wish to thank everyone for their involvement and presence at the Jubilee celebration. 

At this coming season of Christmas, I wish each and everyone much joy and serenity in the encounter with Emmanuel, ‘God with us’. In commemoration of His incarnation two thousand years ago, we reinforce our conviction in the reality which we celebrate in the Eucharist.


May the serenity of Mary our Mother and Joseph her spouse, present at the birth of Jesus, be our motivation of fruitful service to people entrusted to our care not only at Christmas but also throughout the coming year.

Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!


Bishop Adam Musialek



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