ing 15 minutes from a national game
park, Roache’s neighbors include
elephants, zebra, hippos, rhinos,
giraffes, and lots of monkeys.
His parish, our Lady star of the
sea, where he serves with irish sMA
Father Freddie Warner, has a radius
“It is often difficult
for a spouse to describe
in words what attracts
him or her to the other.
That is love. It is the
same for me. I cannot
describe in words what
attracts me to the
SMA, yet I am at home
with the SMA.”
of well over 60 miles (a size not
uncommon in the missionary field)
and 14 outstations, or parishes in the
making. each has the potential of
becoming self-sufficient and independent if adequate personnel are
available. each outstation’s growth
depends on the effort, zeal, and co-operation of the people.
Roache gets around to the
outstations in a pickup truck or
motorbike. He finds the motorbike
more fun. The roads in the villages
are made of dirt. some are good, but
others are in desperate condition.
other public services are in bad condition, too. education is poor, especially in the villages, so people make
a living any way they can. “Work
is more or less an equal opportunity thing,” he says. “Both men and
women work in the mines deep underground. There are women postal,
police, fire, and ambulance workers.
But jobs are becoming scarce and are
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demanding more qualified people.
Without proper education, how does
one become qualified?”
Being part of the community
Personal security is a big concern
in south Africa. “We all live under
threat on a daily basis,” he says. “i
have been the victim of theft three
times already, once at gunpoint. no
one is an exception here. so it is
stressful. you just never know.”
Missionary priests are expected to
become part of the lives of the people
they serve, entering into their customs and understanding their ways.
Roache and Warner work with lay