THE GENEROSITY of a local community in North Kilkenny paid off when their funds helped paid for the education of a prient who was ordained in South Africa recently.
Fr Thulani Gubula was ordained at the Christ the King Cathedral in Queenstown in South Africa by his Lordship Bishop Dabula Mpako earlier this month. Cllr Joe Malone travelled to the ordination ceremony along with John Crowley and his son Jonathan from Mooncoin.
“We travelled 6000 miles from Kilkenny to Capetown and 700 miles by car to Queenstown and had a fantastic time. Fr Thulani expresses his thanks to all the people from Kilkennny who made his very special day come through for him and he is looking forward to coming to Kilkenny in the near future,” Cllr Malone said.
The link between the young priest and the people of Kilkenny was forged back in 2004 when a group travelled to South Africa with the Kilkenny hurling team on their holiday trip.
“When we were there we went to a hospice for AIDS victims and I was asked to say Mass in the oratory. There was a chap called Thulani Gubula there who was a domestic and who did the readings and had a great singing voice and he said that above all he wanted to be a priest. He told us that he was responsible for his parents at home who were financially dependent on him. We said that we might be able to help. 32 people donated and we held onto the money and put it in the credit union when we got back and the sent some out.
“I was delighted to hear the news and that the donations that were made locally have helped him along the way. It is very
uplifting and it shows how easy it is to make good things happen when people try a bit,” said Canon Tommy Murphy who was part of the group that travelled to South Africa in 2004.