Recently the Board of Members of the Institute had met for the special general meeting. The Board had appointed Sr Thobile Gumede OP as a member. Sr Thobile is the Superior General of the Montebello Dominican Sisters. Her appointment to the Board is in fulfilment of the policy decision to reserve a place for a female religious Major Superior in the interest of promoting gender equity at the Institute. We welcome her with gratitude to this position in the Institute’s governance structure.
According to the Constitution of the Institute, the Board of Members consists of 8 Major Superiors, 5 of whom are Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Since three of the Oblates finish their extended terms of office as Provincials of the South African provinces, they will be replaced in 2018. We thank Frs Vusi, Mokone and Ronald for their service on the Board.
On the Board is also the Provincial of the Missionaries of Africa, Fr Felix Phiri MAFR and of the Society of St Patrick, Fr Michael Murphy SPS.
In the picture, left to right, are: Fr Richard Filima SPS (proxy for Fr Michael Murphy SPS); Fr Vusumuzi Mazibuko OMI (Chair, current Provincial of Natal Province); Fr Vincent Sakala OMI (Delegation Superior of Zambia); Sr Thobile Gumede OP; Fr Felix Phiri MAFR; Fr Mokone Rathokoa OMI (Provincial of Central Province of South Africa); Fr Luka Mosemedi OMI (Provincial of Nambibia). Missing from the picture, but not from the meeting, was Fr Ronald Cairns OMI (Provincial of the Northern Province).