Fr. Innocent Velaphi Mazibuko
Fr. Velaphi was born in Soweto near Johannesburg in South Africa on
13th July 1969. His parents were John Mopeli and Cecelia Mopeli. He
first met the Passionists in Carletonville while still at school through
a Vocations Workship in 1985. In 1989 he joined them and travelled to the Passionists in Ramotswa Botswana.
Starting his studies for the priesthood he began
his philosophy in Nairobi and completed these studies in St. Francis
House of Studies Pretoria in 1991. Forest Hill was the next Passionist
house in which he lived and did his novitiate year here under Fr. Patrick
Sheridan C.P. First Profession Day was on 7th August 1993. Now he
was to return to Nairobi to begin his Theology studies in
Tangaza College. Fr. Velaphi was ordained a priest on 2nd May 1998 in
the Parish of the Good Shepherd Soweto by Bishop Patrick Zithulele
Mvemve (Bishop of Klerksdorp).
The Cathedral in Gaborone Botswana was Fr.
Velaphi's first assignment. Here he spent nine months before going to
South Africa to the Passionist parish of Saulsville Pretoria in December
From here he came to Ireland this summer. He has just completed a Summer
Course at St. Anselm’s in Margate, Kent. September is a holiday month
for Fr. Velaphi in preparation for a year's course in 'Human
Development' beginning 1st October in St. Anselm’s.
Fr. Velaphi at the tomb of Blessed Charles