Jesuit ordinand 2019

 

My name is Godfrey Dlamini from the Zimbabwe - Mozambique Province. I was born in Filabusi on the 20th of October 1983. I went to Nkanyezi Primary School and thereafter Luveve High School. I am the sixth born in a family of eight. My mother passed away when I was very young and my father is still alive. 

I was an altar server at my parish St Pius Njube in KwaBulawayo during my prime formative years. I believe that it is from the experience of serving mass frequently that my desire to serve the Lord was planted. The inspirational story and life of Oscar Romero, who was a strong advocate of social justice, inspired me to join the Society of Jesus. 

The famous quotation of Oscar Romero had a great effect on me: "You cannot reap what you have not sown, how are we going to reap love in our community if we only sow hate?" This had a great effect on me. My interaction with Fr. Nigel Johnson SJ, who was working in the Archdiocese of Bulawayo at the time at a local radio station, helped me to follow the call of God.  Prior to joining the Society of Jesus I was in the farming business in my village. 

I did the candidacy programme at St Paul’s Musami on the outskirts of Harare as the bursar of the community and parish work. The late Brother Joseph Mandaza, S.J., may his soul rest in eternal peace, accompanied me into the pre- novitiate experience. Having joined the novitiate in 2008, I did hospital experience at the University Teaching Hospital in Zambia and pastoral experience at St Peter’s Mbare. 

In May 2014 I finished philosophical studies at Arrupe College. My regency was at St Peter’s Kubatana High School mainly involved in teaching. During regency I served under two different superiors each one unique in their own right. During my spare time I like watching movies, swimming, socializing, watching and playing soccer. 

Father Pedro Arrupe’s prayer ‘Fall in Love’ has been my source of joy and life in my journey to priesthood all these years. I have passion for education, youth apostolate and parish work.

Together with seven other ordinands, I will be ordained into the priesthood at Seke Teacher’s College in Chitungwiza, in the Archdiocese of Harare, on the 3rd of August 2019 by Archbishop Robert Christopher Ndhlovu. I ask for your prayers and support. God bless you. 
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