Dear Friends and Benefactors,
Over the last few weeks a number of our faithful have had serious illnesses, and of these Fr. Esposito’s father died in Harare on 25th April. Fortunately Fr. Esposito had been able to spend a number of weeks with him just before his death. May he soon find eternal rest.
We also pray for Bishop Reginald Orsmond of Johannesburg who died on 19th of May after many years of sickness. Let us pray that Our Lord will regard the good that he has done during his life, but as far as the tradition of the Church and the Society of St. Pius X here in Johannesburg is concerned, he has treated it with indifference. In my time here never once has a word for or against the Society ever come to us. In fact one of the priests of the diocese related to me, that Bishop Orsmond had no problem if any priest in his diocese wanted to say the Tridentine Mass, When the priest was asked if he or any other priest would ask for permission, he was quite adamant in saying there was no chance of that. So either he was mistaken or the majority of priests have lost the sense of the True Sacrifice and indeed few are the priests from this country who have remained faithful to the True Mass. One of these who did, Fr. Cosgrove, CSSR, from the Redemptorist Monastery in Bergvliet, Cape Town, has also passed away, at the beginning of May. He was a good friend of the Society priests. Whenever we visited Cape Town, he was always ready to chat about his missionary life and offer a cup of tea or even lunch with the community. He always kept to his ideal of the Holy Mass and even managed to say it for some of our faithful especially in the southern Peninsula of Cape Town 2 or 3 times a week during the last 9 years. It was only the last 2 months of his life that failing health and memory prevented him from carrying on with this. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
Yours in the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary,
Fr. L. Gerspacher