(from our archives)
The final strains of "Jabulani, Jabulani, makholwa", ("Let all Christians rejoice"), an exuberant Zulu hymn of joy and praise to the Risen Lord, swelled to a crescendo and slowly died away. At an outdoor altar in Mtubatuba, the principal consecrating Bishop, Bishop Louis M. Ndlovu, O.S.M. , took the arm of the newly ordained Bishop of the Vicariate of Zululand, Michael O'Shea, O.S.M., and presented him to the 3,500 crowd of his wildly cheering and ululating people, as the first Bishop. Indeed, a fitting tribute which confirmed the appointment of a popular pastor who had been Prefect Apostolic of the area since 1976.
The Papal Mandate was read out by the Apostolic Delegate, Archbishop Ambrose de Paoli, in English, and Bishop Khumalo read the Zulu translation. The two main co-consecrating Bishops, Archbishop Denis Hurley, O.M.I., and Bishop Biyase, delivered the homilies in English and Zulu.
Also present were 24 Bishops of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, including Bishop Wilfred Napier, president of SACBC; the Abbot of the Benedictine Monastery, Inkamana; the Bishops of Windhoek, Namibia and of Leribe, LeSotho; the two former Prefects of Ingwavuma, Fr. Edwin Kinch, O.S.M., and Fr. Anselm Dennehy, O.S.M., who represented the Provincials of the American Provinces of Servites; Fr. Venanzio Ramasso, General Consultor, representing the Prior General of the Servite Order, Rome; Fr. Colum McDonnel, O.S.M., Vicar Provincial of Ireland, and Fr. Patrick Boyle, O.S.M., of the Australian Servite Vicariate.
The new Bishop's immediate family, Sr. Andrew, M.S.H.R., Sierra Leone, Bro. Brendan, F.M.S., Johannesburg, Mrs. Brid Marken, her husband Seamus, their son, Joseph, and daughter, Mrs. Marie White, from Ireland, joined him for the celebration.