First Johannesburg Kolping Family inauguaration in 62 years

In the presence of a packed Sunday mass at the parish of Emdeni, history was made on Sunday 16 February when the first Kolping Kamily (KF) was inaugurated in Gauteng in 62 years.

Led by dynamic parish priest, Fr. Bernard Sompane SCJ, and the chairman of the Johannesburg KF, Eckehart Seidler – the 21 new members were declared a family.  They are now part of the over 400 000 Kolping members in over 60 countries.

The official Kolping flag was solemnly blessed and handed to them, and a letter of welcome from the international chaplain was read.

Interesting it is that all the members were unemployed and somewhat rudderless when we engaged with them 4 years agon.  They joined the WOP Programme under the guidance of Beatrix van Rooyen (lovingly know as aunty B) and her team.

It was an inspiration to see life and hope written all over their faces. They are all now feasibly employed, and they have found their way in life.