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An Oakford Success Story

We are very privileged at Villa Maria to be the Hospitality community for the Gau-Kim Community (Gauteng-Kimberley, South Africa). That means that we welcome any sisters who come from afar for meetings, holidays, or anything else. This gives us an opportunity to see many of our sisters at different times.  One of these was Sister Charlotte Engelhart, who came for a week’s holiday to us.  On Saturday March 3rd, she welcomed some surprise visitors.  Here is Sr Charlotte’s account of the visit:


What a wonderful afternoon I had! Staying at our Villa Maria in Johannesburg for a few days, I was visited by four ‘old girls’ of Sacred Heart, Oakford, Matric 2003.  Bajabulile Gicjabe is in the fashion industry, working very hard. She got a bursary top study Marketing in London for the next few years. Mbale Hlambe, now Ngerde, first studied geology, then switched over to other studies. She is a business analyst at a bank. She was Head Girl in 2003.  Ngobile Mzobe now Mbatha has done various other things, also helping her widowed mother, and is now studying Accounting.  Ntokozo Mngadi is now studying Psychology further at Witz University, where she is already a counsellor on Saturday mornings. She is working voluntarily in a soup kitchen in Parktown.

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Sr. Alison Speaks at African Jesuit Conference

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.

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Taylor University Visits Koinonia

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.

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Christmas Greetings from the U.S. Area


 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!

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Sr. Pru Transfers from England to South Africa

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.

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