VATICAN HONOURS LOCAL DEACON FOR HIS COMMUNITY WORK
DEACON John Forster, a retired headmaster and well-known figure in religious circles, has been the backbone of Saint James’ parish in Port Alfred, St Thomas’ in Station Hill, St Anthonys’ in Bushman’s River and Sacred Heart in Alexandria, conducting services in these parishes for many years.
The Vatican has acknowledged Forster’s tireless and unstinting service to the Roman Catholic Church in the Eastern Cape and has recently awarded him the prestigious Benemerenti Medal for loyal and exceptional service.
Forster was also given a framed certificate commemorating the occasion and the medal.
Forster was instrumental in initiating the building of the Catholic church in Jeffreys Bay and oversaw the building of the church in Station Hill.
Forster is also a prominent figure in the local Ministers Fraternal and conducts services in the Settlers Park Retirement Village.
Although officially retired, he continues to take services in the absence of parish priest Fr Trymos Munyaka, when he is away on diocesan business.
MEMORABLE OCCASION: Deacon John Forster, left, was honoured and acknowledged by the Vatican with the prestigious Benemerenti Medal for his exceptional service and contributions to the Roman Catholic Church in the Eastern Cape. Forster was completely surprised when, following last Sunday’s sermon, parish priest Fr Trymos Munyaka handed over the medal during the service