VAT­I­CAN HON­OURS LO­CAL DEA­CON FOR HIS COM­MU­NITY WORK

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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.

Pic­ture: COLIN MUR­PHY

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

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