The Feast of Blessed Benedict Daswa has been approved by Rome for 1 February. This feast can be celebrated in all SACBC Dioceses as a Memorial. The liturgical colour is Red as Blessed Benedict died a Martyr. The Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments have officially approved proper Liturgical texts for the Celebration of the Eucharist and for the Liturgy of the Hours. These texts have been sent to Mariannhill Mission Press for printing, and will also be available online on the Benedict Daswa Website.


We are encouraging people throughout the SACBC Dioceses to pray for the favours and graces they need during the nine days prior to the Feast on 1 February. This novena will commence on 23 January and conclude on 31 January. We also invite people to make three acts of kindness each day of the Novena in remembrance of the three acts of charity which Blessed Benedict performed the day he was martyred.


The Daswa Novena Booklet can be used during these nine days, and is available for downloading in various languages from the official Benedict Daswa Website: www.benedictdaswa.org.za. It is also available in booklet form from the Daswa Office in the Diocese of Tzaneen, or from other SACBC Dioceses. Radio Veritas will also broadcast the Novena Prayer during the nine days commencing 23 January. Further details about the celebrations to be held in the Diocese of Tzaneen will be posted on the Benedict Daswa Website. Also available online or through SACBC Dioceses, are the official Prayer to Implore Favours and Prayer for Canonisation.