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Title: Funeral of Bishop Michael Rowland ofm


1
Funeral of Bishop Michael Rowland ofm
  • Photos taken at Maria Ratchitz Mission on
  • 29th September 2012

2
Bishop Michael, died in hospital in Pretoria on
23rd September 2012. His body was taken into the
Cathedral of Dundee Diocese for a vigil Mass at
6.00pm on Friday 28th September. After this
Mass, the body was brought to Maria Ratchitz
Mission, to lay overnight in the Church which
Michael had had restored. The Nardini sisters
reside at this Mission overseeing the Aids
Hospice, and having their novitiate there too.
Michael retired to live here in 2007, residing in
a little house provided by the sisters. Michael
died peacefully in his sleep, fully prepared and
eagerly awaiting Sister Death. He has returned
for his final resting place at the Mission he
loved so very much. R.I.P.
3
The body of Bishop Michael lay overnight in the
church
4
Late into the previous evening the Nardini
sisters kept vigil, singing and saying prayers
for the repose of Michaels soul.
5
The coffin of the priest is placed with the head
at the altar.
6
The coffin was carried by seminarians and placed
before the altar.
7
Priests and people gather outside for the Mass
led by the Cardinal
8
Cardinal Wilfrid Napier ofm leads the tributes to
Michael
9
Bishop Graham Rose, Bishop of Dundee Diocese
leads the prayers of the final commendation
before the procession to the grave. May the
Angels lead you into Paradise, the Martyrs
welcome you as you draw near, and lead you into
Jerusalem, the heavenly city . . .
10
The body of Michael is carried to the grave by
family, friars and friends
11
Bishops, priests and people gather at the grave
to say farewell
12
Bishop Graham Rose of Dundee blesses the grave.
The Cardinal, Archbishop William Slattery,
Archbishop Jubilani Nxumalo, Bishop Jose Luis and
the family wait for the burial to commence.
13
Bishop Jose-Luis, Isabel, Carmel, John and
seminarians
14
Bishop Michaels grave lies at the cross outside
the church of Maria Ratchitz, the outside altar
can be see to the right.
15
The statue of Our Lady, is above the grave chosen
by Michael
16
Maria Ratchitz Mission sits at the base of
Hlatikulu mountain.
17
From the Nardini sisters in South Africa. We
want to add our sincere condolences and good
wishes to the immediate family and friends of our
dear Bishop Michael Paschal. We have lost a true
and unforgettable friend and Father, and will
always treasure the inspiring example he has set
us in so many ways. United in prayer for our
dear late Bishop.
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