Dear Friends and Benefactors,
A good few years have passed since we started this Newsletter, then called the unpretentious name of “Bulletin of the Society of St. Pius X in South Africa”. As to the Nova et Vetera however no change was intended merely a name to reflect the words of Our Lord Himself, Who says, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” (Mat. 13,52). It is hoped that in staying aware of the continuing crisis in the Church we will be fortified by the unchanging doctrine, spiritual, dogmatic and moral teaching of the Catholic Church. Now that I must leave I will hand on the torch of the Faith in these editorials to our own Fr. Coenrad Daniels ordained in Randburg in 1989, and a native of South Africa. He is due to arrive by the end of August from his charge in Australia where he has been some years. Along with Fr. Daniels , a young priest, Fr. Steven Webber just ordained in June will come from America to be resident in Roodepoort. Another new face to the Priory in Roodepoort will be another Oblate Sister, Sr. Maria Laetitia to replace Sr. Maria de las Lagrimas, who leaves us after 6 years for the Oblate Noviciate in Salvan, Switzerland, Sr. Elizabeth Maria stays on here to continue the quiet and persevering work that she has been doing these 7 years. In Durban Fr. Wall will be assisted by a Fr. Marcus Jasny from Germany, ordained in 1996 as Fr. Eposito leaves for Harare as the new Prior. Where I am going is now confirmed as St. Bernard’s Noviciate in Iloilo, Philippines, to carry on the work of training vocations as Brothers in the Society, as well as overseeing a number of chapels in the southern islands of the Philippines. One of my first tasks is to oversee the building of a new church in the city of Iloilo for a congregation of 200 faithful. I will be assisted there by 2 other priests already familiar with the apostolate there. I wish to extend my gratitude to all the South African, Zimbabwean and Namibian faithful (not to forget Kenyan) whom I have met over the 13 years of my superiorship here. I wish also to thank especially the clergy and religious who have been here over the years. May God reward them more abundantly under their new Superior.