On this day (03 July 2014) 40 years ago the HSRP Executive Director, Archbishop Njongo Ndungane was ordained to the priesthood at St Marks Parish in Athlone.
His father, who preached at the service, looked him in the eye and said “Kwedini, lo ngubo uyambathisiweyo ayiyoyakho; yeyeyo yihlo; uze uyihloniphe” – the robe with which you are vested is not yours; it belongs to your Father; wear it with honour and respect.
Archbishop Ndungane is also Chair of Council at the University of Cape Town. In a recent UCT newspaper he was quoted from an article published in the January 1999 edition of the New South African Outlook: “Government exists for the co-ordination of human life so that the general well-being of humanity may be promoted and a full human life made possible, through guaranteeing to everyone peace, security, freedom, justice and all that enables ‘the good life’. The more freedom we enjoy, the greater the responsibility we bear – towards others as well as ourselves. We must move away from the freedom of indifference towards the freedom of involvement.”
Today on his 40th anniversary of the ordination we give thanks to God for the life and ministry of Njongo Ndungane.