My dear Franciscans
It is with a very heavy heart that I must inform you that Bishop Steve and Diocesan Chapter have decided to suspend all services in the Diocese of Johannesburg until after Easter with immediate effect.
So much of our life together is built being together regularly. We will find new ways of maintaining our experience of community, and will communicate how we will do this over the next few days.
One thing that you could do immediately is ensure that you are on my WhatsApp broadcast group. If you have not received WhatsApp messages from me this week please do two things:
1. Ensure that my cellphone number – 072 397 2284 – is on your phone.
2. Send me a WhatsApp message saying hi.
I will then add you to the broadcast list so I can be in immediate communication with everyone who uses WhatsApp.
The decision by the Diocese is done in the very best interests of the health of the public, especially those most vulnerable to the coronavirus.
Attached find the letter from Bishop Steve.
With my love and commitment to keeping us together as a family.
Paul Germond (The Revd)