Dear People of God in South Africa, Botswana and eSwatini, my name is Sithembele Sipuka, Bishop of Mthatha and President of Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, commonly known as SACBC.
Since1989 our pastoral plan in the region of SACBC has been guiding us under the theme: Community Serving Humanity. This Pastoral Plan has been very successful in catering for the needs of our people in the country over the years.
Upon reflection Bishops, together with the people of God, have become aware of the changed situations and the need to respond to them differently and effectively, according to their nature.
On behalf of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, I would like to announce a New Pastoral Plan for our region, with the title: Evangelising Community Serving God, Humanity and All Creation.
This New Pastoral Plan will be launched at Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto on Sunday of 26th January 2020. The service of launching will start at 08:30 in the morning.
I would like to invite all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Johannesburg to come in big numbers for the launching. I also invite the faithful of the neighbouring dioceses of Johannesburg and all other Catholics who are able to make it to come and join this launch.
The launching will be attended by all the Bishops of the SACBC and the President of the Country has also been invited.
Do not hesitate to be there to witness this moment of making our Catholic faith respond to the needs of our time.
sincerely in the Lord
President of SACBC