- from our Correspondent.
"What a day!"
remarked Fr. Peter MacKrill, of Cape Town, after his elevation to the priesthood
in the chapel of The Resurrection, near Robertson, Western Cape. For the
faithful continuers in the Cape Town area, it was a matter of "What
a fortnight!" On November 10, the Right Reverend John Hepworth of
Australia paid us a flying visit, celebrated Mass in the tiny oratory chapel
in the garden of Fr. Alan Kenyon-Hoare, priest in charge of the parish
of the Holy Paraclete, Cape Town, and enjoying a parish social. He was
entertained the previous evening by the parish clergy, and also had the
opportunity to visit the Gospel Express, a church and conference centre
No sooner had this bishop departed, promising to come for a longer stay next time, than the parish geared up for the visit of the Right Reverend Wellborn R. Hudson, Episcopal Visitor to the Anglican Church in South Africa (Traditional Rite), one week later. During this visit, Bishop Hudson ordained the Reverend Stephen Schulze to the priesthood and Mr. Peter MacKrill to the diaconate in the East Claremont Congregational Church, kindly provided for the occasion, as our chapel could not Standing (L to R) Fr Stephen Schultze, Fr Alan Kenyon-Hoare, Fr Lionel Kuiper and Seated are Fr Peter MacKrill and Bishop 'Tex' Hudson accommodate the many friends and relatives present, in addition to all our parishioners. On the same occasion, Bishop Hudson confirmed Mr. Graham Symes, Mrs Yvonne Symes and Mrs Dolly Wolmarans. The next day he confirmed Mr. Basil Whittaker at home as health problems prevented his attendance the previous evening. His entire family were there to witness this joyous event in the life of the seventy-old confirmand!. In truly Catholic style, the parish again held a reception for their Bishop, even producing a birthday cake for him so that that important occasion would not go unmarked during his absence from home.
Peter MacKrill was a classmate of Frs. Kuiper and Kenyon-Hoare and was prepared for ordination some 25 years ago. What rejoicing there was on this occasion and the following days. He was priested at the Parish of the Resurrection, Robertson on the Sunday following. Fr. Peter will establish a preaching station near his home in Brackenfell early in the new year. Fr. Stephen Schulze has continued to endear himself to the people of Holy Paraclete during his time as a deacon. With the tripling of the Cape Town clergy, we can look forward to even more growth of Christ's Church at this southern tip of Africa.
In between his Episcopal duties, Bishop Hudson found time to record an interview and a sermon for later broadcast on a local Christian radio station, tour and sample the produce of the Cape winelands, and visit a mountain farm near Robertson for some well-earned recreation. Parishioners were encouraged and uplifted by these two visits, and have new vision for the establishment of yet more parishes in the Western Cape. Our fervent prayers are with both our visitors as they commit to yet more travelling to other areas of the Traditional Anglican Communion, especially Bishop Hudson during his wife, Paula's illness.
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