It is unbelievable that it is 4 years since Mr. Carey passed away, since then I have been walking in his footsteps in St Phil’s. I have to admit that St Philomena’s lost a very good Director. It has not been easy but if I put my trust in God, everything will be fine.

This year I would like to share a reading from the Gospel of Luke 24:13-35.

“That very day two of them were going to a village name Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened.   While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.   And he said to them, what is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?. And they said to him, “concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man that was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers deliver him up to condemn him to death”. And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken, was not necessary that he Christ should suffer these things and enter into his Glory?” So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he was going further, but they urged him strongly, saying, “stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent”. So he went in and stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took the bread and blessed it, broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were open and they recognised him.

Many times during the past year, I felt like the disciples of Emmaus, I felt like to leave everything and going back, I felt I was loosing my energy and it was necessary to leave. Then on my walk I found many people that appear as Jesus to me on the road, these people are:

The board members, those that have been always there for me and who extend their hands to me and show me that there is still a long way to go and that I am not alone, they are also walking this road with me.

The other people that also played the role of Jesus on my journey during the past year was Mandy Goble who is always ready to help me when I come with my challenges to her, Mandy thank you very much for yout constant help and support.

Debbie Bowes from St Theresa’s, Thank you Debbie for helping me during the absence of the Social Worker, I learnt a lot from you regarding quarterly reports, claims and contacts for the Department of Social Services.

In all these people I found the presence of the good Lord walking with me, and I knew I was not alone on this road, they were the ones whom I shared what was happening during these days in St Phils and they always showed me the way.

I am very grateful for all the help and support from the Management team. Devena from KZN Book keepers, Cathy, Ntombi and Zeph. Thank you very much for everything and I think together we form a good team.


To all my staff ;

At the children’s home, thank you, it is not easy to work with children, but I know you are managing.

At the Hospitality Centre, thank you to you all for the hard work and let us keep it up.

To Zane Jacobs, and Chris Pretorius, thank you for the great effort you are putting into our Centre and Saints Students Accommodation

At the Pre-School teachers and staff, thank you for being so caring toward all the children that come to the Pre-school.

Its been a year since we welcome on board,” Hands on People Empowerment”, who have revive the Skills Centre for women and will run it in our name, Thank you Debbie, Claudine, Jacqui and Yvonne, thank you for believing in us, I know Sister John Mary is dancing in heaven, knowing that the Skills Centre whom together with Sister Monica they made it a reality to help the women in crisis, is coming back to life.

I will keep on praying so that the good Lord will always keep us afloat and that He will be with us always on the road we walk every day, and that we always recognise him walking with us but especially in the breaking of bread together.

Thank you.

Herman Giraldo

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