Grandparents’ Faith Café to welcome Cardinal Wilfred Napier on Tuesday 14 June
The Grandparents’ Faith Café will open again online on Tuesday 14 June.
The CGA is delighted to announce Cardinal Wilfred Napier as guest speaker. He will speak on the theme of “Strengthening the bridge of faith between the generations”.
Born in the small midlands town of Matatliele on 8 March 1941, Wilfrid Fox Napier is one of seven children – five boys and two girls, who remain close to this day. He attended the Ixopo Catholic School. At the end of his matric year he joked that he was ‘off to Ireland to pick potatoes’. Six months later, he entered the Franciscan Novice House in Killarney. After his novitiate, he spent three years at university in Galway acquiring a BA degree with Latin and English as his majors. To this day, he retains fond memories of Ireland and the many wonderful people he met there. Wilfred Napier returned to South Africa where he was ordained a priest on 25 July 1970 and spent the next years in the Parish of Lusikisiki, until being ordained Bishop of Kokstad in 1981.
President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference from 1987 to 1994, he was deeply involved in mediation and negotiation during this tubulent time in South Africa’s history, and was present at the signing of the Peace Accord in September 1991. He also served on the Council of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops and participated in two assemblies of the Synod of Bishops.
He was appointed Archbishop of Durban on 22 June 1992 and raised to Cardinal by His Holiness, Pope John Paul II on 21 February 2001. In 2005, Cardinal Napier was one of 117 cardinals entrusted with the task of electing the new Pope, Benedict XVI.
Pope Francis, accepted Cardinal Napier’s resignation from the pastoral governance of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Durban on 9 June 2021.
Commenting ahead of the June Faith Café, Catherine Wiley, CGA Founder said, “I am very much looking forward to welcoming Cardinal Napier to our next Faith Café as our guest speaker. He is an exceptionally warm, compassionate and down-to-earth man with a ready sense of humour. He is loved and respected by everyone who comes into contact with him. We have been joined by him already on one or two of our Faith Cafés where he has generously shared his wisdom with us.
The topic he will reflect on – “Strengthening the bridge of faith between the generations” – is one that has been close to the Holy Father’s heart for quite some time now. Cardinal Napier knows too that the elderly and the young have much to share with each other and to learn from each other. It will be wonderful to hear from him on this important issue.
“Please come along on 14 June and invite someone who has not attended before to come along too.”
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