Sr Alison Munro was invited by the African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) to present a paper at a theological conference in Nairobi, Kenya at the end of January 2012, marking thirty years since the discovery of HIV [AJAN co-ordinates the AIDS work of the Jesuits across Africa]. Her paper examines some of the experiences of the Catholic Church in South Africa in the provision of anti-retroviral treatment to people with AIDS. Since the beginning of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) AIDS Office programme, the Church has initiated more than forty thousand people on treatment.
Koinonia, our conference centre in Johannesburg, hosted a group of first year honors students (involved in medicine, international studies and other programs) from Taylor University, Upland , Indiana (USA). Pursuing a course on “Restorative Justice in the Arts”, they are examining justice, mercy and faithfulness, with reference to Mt 23:23, in the context of the past and ongoing struggles in South Africa. In the Western Cape they heard from Arts faculty members at the Universities of Cape and Stellenbosch, visited a film project and the National Art Gallery, interacted with theologian Professor John de Gruchy, and visited District Six and Robben Island.
The Oakford Dominicans of the U.S. Area wishes you and your families a most holy and Merry Christmas. May you experience the peace that Christ has brought to the world!
On November 30, 2011, Sr. Pru Cooper arrived in South Africa on a temporary transfer after 40 years of being outside of the country. Sr. Pru, originally from the English Area, will spend the next few weeks reconnecting with the Oakford communities around South Africa before settling into a new ministry. Sr. Celia Smit, Congregational Councillor of the South African Area, welcomed Sr. Pru officially at the Oakford Generalate in Bedfordview, South Africa.
Congratulations to Sr. Alison Munro who was named one of the "Top 10 Influential Leaders in Health Care Management" by the South African Institute of Health Care Managers for her work as Administrator of the South African Catholic Bishops' Conference AIDS Office. Sr. Alison will officially receive her award on 25 November 2011 at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.