Fr. Philip Mangatt
Mission Superior
(2001-2003)
Fr. Job Karikkampally
First Regional Superior
(2003 - 2006)
Fr. Joseph        Kunjaparambil
Second Regional
Superior (2006- 2012)
Fr. Babychan
        Arackathara

Third Regional
Superior (2013-)
Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales

Southern African Region

Introduction

The plan to do mission work in the continent of Africa was the challenging task the first superior of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, Fr. Peter Mary Mermier was willing to undertake when he went to Rome to meet the prefect of the Propaganda Fide. Instead, he was offered the responsibility of sending missionaries to India and was given the responsibility to develop and administer the new vicariate of Visakhapatnam. They started their new mission in that new vicariate in 1845 and 2nd May 1848 it was entrusted to the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales. In 1888 the new region of Nagpur was bifurcated. In 1861 some of the missionaries working in India went to England to start mission work there. It became a region in 1940 and 1965 all these three regions became provinces along with the other provinces of Franco-Swiss and Brazil.

In 1975, the missionaries of St. Francis de Sales from the province of Visakhapatnam went beyond their geographical boundaries of South India and began the mission work in the hitherto unknown territory of North-East India, a land of stunning natural beauty and a mosaic of colour, culture, dialects and traditions. In 1979, it was raised to a Region and in 1984 into a vice-province. In 1990 it was made into a full-fledged province. In 1995, the first native priests from the region were ordained and they continue to grow in number as new mission centres are being opened.

It was again from the province of Visakhapatnam, the missionaries went to work in the continent of Africa for the first time. This took place in 1988 when three priests from there went to assist in the mission work in Tanzania in East Africa and it became a province in 1996. From the other provinces in India too missionaries went to help the local churches in different parts of Africa in the subsequent years. In 1998, three priests from the North-East India province went to work in Namibia and in the following year to South Africa. Members from the South West province extended their mission to Chad in 1999 and Nagpur province started their missionary work in Mozambique in 2000.

T H E P I O N E E R S
Fr. Philip Mangatt
Fr. Joseph Kunjaparambil
Fr. Babychan Arackathara

MSFS in Namibia

In the year 1994 Bishop John Minder OSFS, then bishop of Keimoes-Upington extended an invitation to the then Superior General Rev. Fr. Emile Mayoraz, to send some missionaries to work in his diocese. In response to the invitation in 1995 Fr. Augustine Mangattu, then the general councillor, made a visit to the diocese of Keimoes- Upington and gave a positive report to the General. In 1996, Superior General with the approval of his councillors entrusted this new venture of the congregation to the NE province. Responding to the request the NE provincial administration designated Frs. Philip Mangattu, Jose Kunjaparampil and Babychan Arackathara to plant the congregation in Southern Africa. On the 22nd July 1998, the designated three confreres of the North-East India Province, landed at Windhoek airport in Namibia. Fr. Philip Mangat, the senior most among the three was the Mission Superior. They spent a week at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish at Keetmanshoop and moved out to three different parishes to learn Afrikaans before they could take the parish of Bethanie that was offered to us.

1. Archdiocese of Cape Town (SA Region)

1.   Grassy Park: Our Lady Queen of Peach Church  
2.   MATROOSFONTEIN: Holy Trinity Church  
3.   Steenberg: St. Anne's Church  
4.  Thornton  

2. Diocese of Keimoes-Upington (SA Region)

1.   VREDENDAL: St. Hermanus Church  
 
       
 

 

01. BETHANIE


After four months of intense language studies on the 8th December 1998 Bishop Antonio Chiminello OSFS appointed the three priests to St. Peter Claver Church, Bethanie, the first parish entrusted to the care of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales in the Southern Africa. Bethanian mission was established in 1957 and was being looked after by the OSFS. Due to lack of priests, the mission was closed for almost three years before it was entrusted to the MSFS. Later, Fr. Saju Thalayinakandathil and Fr. Augustine Parampuzha served this parish and its five out-stations.

Bethanie is a small township with a population of about 2,000 in the southern part of Namibia, close to the Great Namib Desert. The land here is arid and the climate is warm and the rainfall is scarce. The dominant tribe of the place is called Namas. Their dialect, Nama, is known for its click sounds. The rest of the population consists of the Coloureds (people of mixed racial descent) and the Whites. As it is a semi-desert area, there is very little vegetation. The whites owned the farms with irrigation facilities around area and the Namas and the Coloureds work there as farm hands. There is high rate of unemployment and as a result there are many social problems like poverty, abuse of drugs and alcohol and a wide spread condition of HIV/AIDS.

In the year 2007, the parish of Bethanie was annexed to the OLPH (Our Lady of Perpetual Help), Keetmanshoop which is being looked after by the MSFS.

02. VREDENDAL


The Catholic Mission of Vredendal North with its spacious and beautiful St. Thomas Church is in the diocese of Keimoes-Upington. This is the first parish in which the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales began their mission in South Africa. Vredendal which literally means ‘valley of peace’ in Afrikaans is situated about 300 kilometres north of Cape Town, towards the north-west of South Africa. The area is known for vineyards and sand mines. As most people in the area speak Afrikaans the liturgy is conducted mostly in Afrikaans though English is used by some.

Prior to the Apartheid era, the Catholics in the area were under Vergenoeg mission but during the Apartheid, the coloureds were assigned to occupy the northern part of Vredendal and were ministered there. After the Apartheid Vredendal was made into a parish and Vergenoeg remains an out-station of the present parish. At the request of the Provincial Fr. Babychan moved to Vredendal on the 19th October 1999 and joined Fr. Sonntag OSFS who generously renovated the presbytery for the arrival of the MSFS. On 2nd January 2000, the MSFS was entrusted with the parish of Vredendal . Fr. Varghese Chettupuzhakaren was appointed parish priest and Fr. Babychan Arackathara as the Assistant.

On 1st March 2004, a new parish was carved out of Vredendal centred around Lutzville and it was entrusted to the care of a diocesan priest while the MSFS continued at the mother parish. On 5th January 2002, Fr. Alex Varickamanthottiyil arrived in Vredendal and was appointed and the assistant parish priest. When Fr. Varghese Chettupuzhakaren returned to the mother province, Fr. Alex was made parish priest and Fr. Augustine Parampuzhayil appointed as the assistant. Later when Fr. Augustine was transferred to Luderitiz, Namibia, Fr. Anil Francis Topno was appointed as the new assistant. A beautiful new church was built for the parish under the guidance of Fr. Alex. The church was blessed and consecrated on 8th November 2008 and it has the capacity to seat over 600 faithful. In June 2009 Fr. Philip Mangattu took over as parish priest and after the accident of Fr. Anil in which he left for his eternal reward Fr. James Madappallil came to Vredendal as assistant priest.


03. MATROOSFONTEIN


The parish of Holy Trinity, Matroosfontein falls under the Archdiocese of Cape Town, South Africa. It is situated in the well-known Cape Flats of the Western Cape. Fr. James Kelly and Fr. Marcellus of the Capuchin order founded and organized the Catholic community here about 85 years back.

On 12th January 2002, the Holy Trinity parish of Matroosfontein was entrusted to the care of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales by the then archbishop Most Rev. Lawrence Henry. Fr. Job Karikampally (Kaleekaparambil) was appointed parish priest and Fr. Babychan Arackathara as the assistant. When Fr. Job Karikampally took over the parish of St. Matthew’s, Bonteheuwel on 7th October 2002, Fr. Babychan Arackathara was appointed parish priest at Matroosfontein. In 2005 Fr. Babychan, with the support and cooperation of other MSFS priests working in the archdiocese organized some of the generous and service-minded parishioners into a supporting group for the MSFS and named them into ‘Friends of Fransalians’. Now there are members in the Friends of Fransalians from the parishes of Matroosfontein, Bonteheuwel, Steenberg and Grassy Park. On 9th April 2007, when the parish of St. Ann, Steenberg was entrusted to the care of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, Fr. Babychan was appointed there and Fr. Baiju Mundackal took over Matroosfontein as the new parish priest. Though the official and liturgical language is English, a vast number of people use Afrikaans and a few Khosa.

After the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales took over, the parish is well-organised and people are actively involved in the various ministries in the parish. A lot of renovation in the existing buildings of the parish hall, presbytery as well as the parish church were undertaken and successfully completed with the help of the parishioners. A beautiful garden is made and the compound wall constructed before the canopy for the church was made for the congregation to interact with one another after they have their church services.


04. ONGHA


St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Mission, Ongha was the second mission centre taken up by the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales in Namibia and the first in the Archdiocese of Windhoek. It is situated in the north-eastern part of Namibia bordering Angola and is 731 kilometres away from Windhoek. Prior to its being made into an independent parish and entrusted to the MSFS on 28th February 2002, it was part of Okatana parish (pastoral region) and was being looked after by the OMI Fathers there. Fr. Lukose Perumannikala was appointed parish priest and Fr. Baiju Mundackal as assistant priest. Okatana parish (pastoral region) has seven units with twenty five out-stations, four schools, three hospitals and one rehabilitation centre. The people of the place are known as Kwanyamas, one of the major Owambo tribes and they speak a dialect called Oshikwanyama one of the major Oshiwambo dialects. When Fr. Lukose was transferred to Cape Town, Fr. Thomas Vanderkunnel was appointed parish priest there and Fr. Philip Kurisummoottil as assistant. In 2007 Fr. Lukose Perumannikkala returned to Ongha as parish priest and Fr. Thomas Vanderkunnel was transferred to Steenberg in Cape Town. In 2009 Fr. Philip left for India and Fr. Lukose manned the mission alone for some time. In 2011 Fr. Sanish Plakoottathil reached Ongha and was appointed as the assistant priest.

The mission of Ongha is situated in a semi-arid land with the majority of the population living a hand to mouth existence. Their main source of income is from seasonal cultivation and animal husbandry which depends on good weather. Unemployment and prevalence of HIV/AIDS are great concerns in the region. After the MSFS took over the parish of Ongha, four more communities were added to the parish. With the support of the Archbishop Liborius Nashenda the mission could build seven more new church buildings for the different out-stations. Catechesis and faith formation are the two very important apostolates of the missionaries in this pastoral region.


05. LUDERITZ


The catholic community of Christ the King parish, Luderitz a coastal township situated in the south-western part of Namibia under the diocese of Keetmanshoop had its origin when Fr. Sollier, the first missionary to reach Luderitz. On 8th March 1910, Fr. Hetzenecker landed at Luderitz along with Brother Eugen Haffenmeyer and two Oblate Sisters, Maria Martha and Maria Aloysia. The Oblates of St. Francis de Sales continued to work in this mission till the retirement of Fr. J.J.E. Bokern, OSFS in 2002. On 22nd September 2002, Fr. Joseph Kunjaparambil of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales was appointed parish priest and the mission was entrusted to the MSFS. In December 2002, Fr. Salu Thattaparambil joined him and continued to work there till he was transferred to O.L.P.H. parish, Keetmanshoop as assistant priest. On 29th March 2007, Fr. Augustine Parampuzhayil joined as the assistant priest at Luderitz. When Fr. Joseph Kunjaparambil left for St. Augustine’s parish, Soweto, in the Archdiocese of Windhoek in September of the same year, Fr. Augustine took over as the parish priest. On 21st July 2008, Fr. Philip Mangatt who was appointed by the bishop of Keetmanshoop to undertake spiritual renewal in the diocese through parish missions, recollections and retreats, he took up his residence at Luderitz. Although retired, Fr. J.J.E. Bokern still renders his service in the parish. In June 2009, Fr. Philip Mangatt was relieved of this special ministry and appointed as parish priest of Vredendal. In 2011 Fr. Augustine Parampuzhayil was relieved of his responsibility to go for higher studies to Manila Philippines, Fr. Joseph Illickal was appointed parish priest of Luderitz.

Though Luderitz is a coastal township, the parish has three other out-stations which are quite far from the parish centre.

Oranjemund, a beautifully built up mining township bordering South Africa and having a population of about 500 Catholics is about 400 kilometres from the parish. This centre has a small presbytery and a church for the visiting priest to stay and conduct liturgical functions and attend to their spiritual needs.

Rosh Pinah is another mining township about 300 kilometres away from Luderitz has about 900 Catholics. In 2003, with assistance from the diocese and the hard work of the local community under the guidance of the MSFS Fathers, a church with an attached room for the visiting priest was built and blessed.

Aus is about 125 kilometres away from Luderitz and it borders the Great Namib desert. Though Aus has a beautiful church and a small presbytery, the Catholic population is very small, numbering about 100 and most of them are unemployed.


06. BONTEHEUWEL


Bonteheuwel was originally a farm on the outskirts of Cape Town and was inhabited by the coloured people who were mostly of the working class living in flats rented from the government. The Catholics in the area were taken care of by the OFM Capuchin Fathers who were working in the parish of Welcome Estate. They celebrated Mass in a community centre and in the homes of parishioners. The parish of Bonteheuwel falls under the Central Deanery in the Archdiocese of Cape Town. Though the Catholic community was organized much earlier and a parish was established, the church under the patronage of St. Matthew was blessed and opened only in 1964 and dedicated in 2002.

The parish of Bonteheuwel was entrusted to the care of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales on 9th October 2002 by the then Archbishop Lawrence Henry and Fr. Job Karikkampally was appointed parish priest there. Fr. Job introduced a more organized system in the whole parish administration focusing on prayer groups and reaching out to the lapsed Catholics. This was continued by Fr. Lukose Permannikala who succeeded Fr. Job from 12th March 2006. The MSFS returned the parish of Bonteheuwel to the Archdiocese on 28th March 2008.


07. KEETMANSHOOP


Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, Keetmanshoop is the second biggest parish in the diocese of Keetmanshoop and is adjacent to the diocesan headquarters and was bifurcated from St. Stanislaus parish which is the cathedral of the diocese. The OLPH church was started in 1925 by Fr. Rehor OSFS, for the Catholics of the local Nama tribe as St. Stanislaus church was able to look after only the Whites during the Apartheid years. As most people in the area are able to speak Afrikaans, the liturgy is conducted mostly in Afrikaans though many of the parishioners belong to the Nama tribe and have their own dialect.

In the year 2004, after the death of Bishop Antonio Chiminello OSFS, the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was entrusted to the care of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales by the then Administrator of the Diocese, Fr. Klaus Lettner. Fr. Philip Mangatt took over as parish priest of OLPH, Keetmanshoop on 24th January 2004 along with Fr. Salu Thattaparampil as the assistant. At present the parish has a Catholic population of about six thousand members together with the communities in its ten out-stations. In 2005, when Fr. Salu was transferred from there, Fr. Joy Kaniyammattel came as the assistant priest there. When Fr. Joy was transferred from there in 2008, Fr. Binoy (Joseph) Illickal joined the team of the MSFS at OLPH. On 20th July 2008, when Fr. Philip Mangatt was appointed by the Bishop of Keetmanshoop as in-charge of extraordinary ministry for spiritual renewal in the diocese, Fr. Saju Thalayinakandathil took over as the parish priest. In 2011, Fr. Joseph Illickal was transferred to Luderitz as parish priest there and Fr. Jijesh Paul Palatty was appointed as assistant priest there.


08. ANAMULENGE


St. Peter Canisius parish, Anamulenge is situated in the northernmost part of Namibia bordering Angola and is about 900 kilometres away from the state capital and the archdiocesan headquarters, Windhoek. The Catholic community of Anamulenge is organized into a pastoral region with ten centres and forty two communities with almost 30,000 Catholics.

The people in this region belong to the Owambo tribe, the biggest tribe in Namibia and they speak the Oshiwambo dialect. Learning this dialect is very hard as it is not a systematically developed one though at least a working knowledge of the dialect is necessary for effective pastoral work.

The mission of Anamulenge was entrusted to the care of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales officially with the installation of Fr. Jose Mamalassery as the parish priest in 2004 though Fr. Baiju Mundackal was worked in the parish 6th January 2003. When Fr. Baiju was transferred from there to Matroosfonteinin in April 2007 Fr. Dotmai Raile Paul (Fr. D.R. Paul) was appointed to be the assistant priest there.

There is a Higher Secondary School run by the mission at Anamulenge and other smaller schools in the other stations. The priests not only manage them but also take moral and religious lessons and help in conducting co-curricular activities there. There is also a hostel at the centre to help the children from distant places. There are also religious Sisters assisting in the mission, visiting villages, giving instructions and teaching in the school.


09. TSES


St. Theresa of Child Jesus’ parish is usually referred to as the Roman Catholic mission there at Tses lies about 80 kilometres away from Keetmanshoop towards the north. This mission was established on 3rd January 1927 by Fr. Nowak, a missionary who belongs to the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales (OSFS). At present the mission consists of St. Theresa of Child Jesus Parish, Nowak Primary School, St. Theresa Junior Secondary School, and R. C. Church Hostel. More than two hundred children are benefiting from this hostel.

On 24th January 2006, the mission was entrusted to the care of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales and Fr. Saju Joseph Thalayinakandathil was appointed as in-charge. After about two and a half years, the mission was handed over to the diocese in June 2008.


10. GRASSY PARK


Grassy Park falls in the Southern suburbs of the city of Cape Town and is about twenty kilometres away from the city of Cape Town. The vast majority of the parishioners are from the Coloured community while a few are foreigners from other African countries. The Catholic community of Grassy Park started to have a separate history of its own when the Redemptorists working at Heathfield felt the need of the people there to have not only the spiritual but also physical health care and asked the Holy Family Sisters of Sea Point to assist the sick in the area. In 1959, the property at First Road where the present church of Our Lady Queen of Peace was bought. On 10th March 1962, Archbishop Owen McCann laid the foundation stone for the new parish church and presbytery. In 1963, the parish priest moved into the new presbytery at First Road, Grassy Park.

Station Churches:

St. Gerard Majella’s Church, Park Wood: Later, when Fr. Ratcliffe was appointed parish priest, he started to celebrate Mass for the people of Park Wood and Fairways area at Park Wood. In 1971 Fr. Ratcliffe was able to get a church built at Kestrel Road, Park Wood and on 31st May 1971 it was officially blessed and opened by the then Archbishop Owen Mc Cann. The church was consecrated on 16th October 2001 by Most Rev. Lawrence Henry of Cape Town.

St. Clement Hofbauer’s Church, Lotus River: Seeing the inconvenience of the Catholics of Lotus River area, Fr. Ratcliffe strted to celebrate Mass in the Lotus River area in some private homes. Later, a church was built at Lotus River and on 3rd March 1973, it was blessed and opened by Monsignor Galvin.

After that the Redemptorists handed over the parish of Grassy Park to the Archdiocese in 1994, it was entrusted by the Archbishop to an Indian missionary society called the Heralds of Good News. After they left in October 1997, there was no parish priest appointed till Fr. Francis Joseph Whyte, a diocesan priest of the Archdiocese became parish priest of Grassy Park in January 1998. He continued till March 2006. After that the Archbishop, Most Rev. Lawrence Henry entrusted the parish of Grassy Park to the care of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales.

On 16th March 2006, Fr. Job Kaleekaparmpil (Karikampally) took over as parish priest and Fr. Jacob Puthiyidathuchalil, was appointed as assistant priest. In 2008, when Fr. Jacob Puthiyidathuchalil was transferred to the seminary in Kenya, another priest, Fr. Babu Joseph Kudakkachirakunnel was appointed as the assistant priest at Grassy park. In August 2011 when Fr. Job Kaleekaparampil took over another parish in the Archdiocese of Cape Town, Fr. Joseph Puliyilakat took over as the parochial administrator of Grassy Park parish on 28th August 2011.

The parish of Grassy Park has the highest number of permanent deacons in the archdiocese. There are five of them altogether at present in all the three churches with the oldest one still active at 91. There are also many associations and ministries that enhance the functioning and ministry in the parish. Ministries like the Ushers, Sacristans, Altar Servers, Cantors, Readers and Catechists enhance the functioning and ministry in the parish. The Legion of Mary, Alpha Group, Charismatic Movement, Parish Youth Groups, St. Vincent de Paul Societies, Men for Change in Christ, and Senior Citizen’s Clubs are some of the groups that operate under the supervision of the priests.


11. STEENBERG


St. Ann’s Catholic Church of Steenberg, situated in the Southern suburbs of Cape Town was opened and blessed in 1961. It has over 3000 registered parishioners from different areas, Steenberg, Hill View, Lavender Hill, Vrygrond, Capricorn, Sea Winds, Montague Village and Tokai. The vast majority of the parishioners are from the Coloured community while a few are foreigners from other African countries. Though the parish was started by the Redemptorists, later on it was handed over to the Archdiocese.

In April 2007, St. Anne’s was given over to the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales and Fr. Babychan Arackathara took charge as parish priest of this parish on 9th April, 2007. While being at Steenberg, Fr. Babychan who started his prison ministry involovement in the year 2002 continued visit prisons upon his arrival in Steenberg. In July 2009 when he was appointed as the full time Prison Chaplain in the archdiocese, Fr. Thomas Vanderkunnel was appointed as parish priest of Steenberg and Fr. Babychan changed his residence to the newly acquired Fransalian House at Thornton. Fr. Thomas Vanderkunnel took charge as parish priest on 6th July 2009.

The parish of Steenberg has many associations and ministries that enhance the functioning and ministry in the parish. The Catholic Women’s League, Altar Servers, Alpha Group, Charismatic Movement, Parish Youth Group, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Soup Kitchen Team, Workers of Love, and Senior Citizen’s Club are some of the groups that operate under the supervision of the priest.


12. SOWETO


St. Augustine’s Church, Soweto, is one of the six parishes in Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Soweto is a township created by the then Apartheid government of Namibia and has a population of about 14,000 from different parts of the country with at least seven major language groups.

The parish of St. Augustine’s was erected in 1985, to cater to the spiritual needs of the people living in Soweto area. The priest used to stay in the main parish of Katutura and serve the community from there.

On 30th September 2007, the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales was entrusted with the parish of Soweto and Fr. Joseph Kunjaparambil was appointed as parish priest. On 25th April 2008, after handing over the parish of Bonteheuwel in Cape Town, Fr. Lukose Perumannikala joined the parish team at Soweto. In June 2009, Fr. Lukose left for Ongah and in the following year Fr. Devasia Manalel came to assist at Soweto.

The Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priest on Sundays and the Funeral Leaders conduct the funeral services. There are many ministries like the Ushers, Sacristans, Altar Servers, Cantors, Readers and Catechists that enhance the functioning and ministry in the parish. Associations and pious organizations like Bloukring and Jongwag (for the children between 9-18), Senior Youth, Unity Youth Choir, Church Choir, Ame Neumbo Lange, Our Journey Together, Legion of Mary, Anna Vroue, , Charismatic Movement, Parish Youth Group, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Soup Men’s and Women’s Groups, Mothers’ Circle and Catholic Aid Action are some of the groups that operate under the supervision of the parish pastoral committee.


13. OKAHANDJA


Okahandja town is situated 70 kilometres north of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. The word, ‘Okahandja’ is derived from Otjiherero (a local tribal language) which means ‘ the place where two rivers flow into each other to form one wide one’.

The parish of St. Peter Claver, Okahandja has about 2850 registered Catholics, composed of different language groups such as Damara, Herero, Nama, Kavango, Caprivian, Oshiwambo and the Coloured people. The Holy Mass is celebrated in Afrikaans or mixed with English. The parish consists of the main community at Okahandja, and three out-stations: St. John Vianny Community (Ovititi Settlement), St. John the Baptist community (Huttenheim Farm) and St. Boniface Community (Five Dollars).

The parish was entrusted to the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales on 28th October 2007 and Fr. Joseph Kunjaparambil was appointed as the parish priest. Fr. Lukose Perumannikkal joined the parish team on 25th April 1008. Since the parish of Soweto is entrusted to the MSFS, both the Fathers stay at Soweto and do the pastoral ministry and celebrating Holy Mass for the community on Sundays and Wednesdays. When Fr. Lukose left for Ongah the parish of Okahandja was given back to the diocese.


14. ELSIE’S RIVER


St. Clare’s Parish, Elsie’s River falls in the Archdiocese of Cape Town and is adjacent to the Holy Trinity parish, Matroosfontain. The new parish of St. Clare’s, Elsie’s River was blessed and opened in 1981. It was manned by Capuchins and diocesan priests till August 2011and then, the Archbishop of Cape Town, Most Rev. Stephen Bristlin , handed it over to the care of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales. Fr. Job Kaleekaparambil was appointed parish priest there and he took over on 29th August 2011. After the arrival of Fr. Job a new vitality has come into the parish.


15. Academia, Windhoek


The newly purchased house for formation and study was blessed by His Grace Liborus Neshande on 17th September 2009. Fr. Mathew Pallichankudiyil was appointed as its first rector. Currently there are four students under formation in residence. At the end of 2011 when Fr. Mathew was transferred to Lumen Christi Institute in Arusha, Tanzania Fr. Devasia Manelel has been asked to stay there as the interim rector until a full time rector is appointed.


16. Prison Ministry


Fr. Babychan has been involved with prison ministry since his arrival in Namibia in 1998. He served as a chaplain in Mariental Hardap prison, Namibia for three months and later when he arrived in Vredendal, South Africa; he worked in Van Rhynsdorp as the Catholic Chaplain for two years. Upon his arrival in Cape Town in 2002, as assistant priest at Matroosfontein, the then archbishop LP Henry requested him to take up prison chaplaincy in the archdiocese. Since then he has been involved with Prison Care and Support Network an organization that is involved in the pastoral outreach to the prisons in the archdiocese. Since 2009 he is a full time prison chaplain and serves as the co-ordinator of Prison Care and Support Network.


17. Holy Rosary Cathedral Parish – Dundee


The Holy Rosary parish of Dundee is the cathedral parish of the diocese of Dundee. The diocese of Dundee was created on 19 November 1982. The Cathedral in town and Sibongile (township) have about 200 families each. Forestdale another substation is a so called ‘coloured’ township - today simply part of town and only about 5 minutes away from Dundee main Church.

The Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales were invited to work in the diocese of Dundee by Right Reverend Bishop Thomas Graham Rose in 2012. And the first Missionaries Frs. Jacob Mattathil and James Madapallil arrived in Dundee on 8th July 2013 and were officially installed as parish priest an assist priest respectively on 14th July 2013.


 
   
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