Dear Priests, Deacons, Religious and Lay Faithful of the Archdiocese of Bulawayo,
1. Opening of the Churches
Almost all of us have been waiting eagerly to return to our regular Church activities. With the new regulations by the government of Zimbabwe only fully vaccinated people are allowed to be in the Church services. We have no option than to follow the regulations. Kindly bear with the inconvenience and follow all the requirements. For children and youth we have to wait till the schools are allowed to open.
2. Priestly Ordinations:
This too we have been waiting for long. With the new regulations in place we will have the ordinations on 21st August 2021 at St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica starting at 11.00.
The candidates themselves decided not to wait any further in case lockdowns might be re introduced. Only fully vaccinated clergy, Religious and laity can be allowed into the Church for the same. I am sure this might compromise the situation of some parents and relatives of the candidates. Once again bear with us for the inconvenience.
Some parishes had already booked for the confirmations hoping to do it when the churches open. Again most candidates are not fully vaccinated and this compromises the situation. Therefore we need to wait a little longer for the situation to stabilise.
4. Silver Jubilee:
Srs. Getrude Sibanda, Henry Nyathi and Brendon Moyo AMR will celebrate their Silver Jubilee of Religious profession on 21 August 2021.
5. Perpetual Vows: Srs. Charity Dube, Caroline Tshingwana and Anacleta Ncube AMR will profess their perpetual Vows on 21 August 2021.
We wish all of them many blessings.
+ Alex Thomas
Archbishop of Bulawayo