The Servite Missions in South Africa

Working to Establish the Church of Tomorrow


Fr. Paul Gins, OSM of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary (Servites)-USA Province will visit Good Shepherd to speak at all Masses on July 7 & 8 about their missionary work in KwaZulu-Natal, Republic of South Africa.

The Servites are one of the mendicant orders and were founded in the 13th century in Florence, Italy. At the present time, they serve all over the world in every type of apostolate.

The USA Province of Servites is responsible for the missions in KwaZulu-Natal. The main task of the missionaries today continues to be the proclamation of the Gospel and the establishment of viable Catholic communities. The idea that the people are the Church is quite strong and participation in the liturgy and the work of the Church is very good. Other ministries include education, primary health care centers, and providing funding to improve the water system to root out malaria. They are also ministering to the victims of the AIDS epidemic and the building of homes for these victims and other people of the area. They are in need of prayers and material help to carry on these ministries.