Archbishop Abel Gabuza

Covid-19 claims the life of Archbishop Abel Gabuza

It is with the greatest sorrow that we announce the death of our Coadjutor Archbishop, Abel Gabuza, on Sunday 17 January 2021.

The Archbishop and not with us in Durban for long – just short of two years. But in that time we came to recognise him as a gentle, caring and warm-hearted pastor. He made an immediate impact on everyone who was privileged to make his acquaintance. His passing is a tremendous loss to us and to the entire Church in Southern Africa.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to Archbishop Abel’s sister, Hildegarde, to his cousin and best friend, Khomotso, and extended family, as well as the Archbishop and people of Pretoria, his home city and home diocese until he came to Durban via Kimberley, which suffers a double loss – first with their beloved Bishop being transferred to Durban and now his permanent transfer to the Lord’s Kingdom.

On behalf of the priests, deacons and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Durban, we commend his soul to the hands of God and pray that he may enjoy eternal rest.

We express sincere thanks for the many prayers and sacrifices offered up on behalf of our beloved Bother and Coadjutor, Archbishop Abel Gabuza. May he rest in peace. Well done good and faithful servant, enter the Kingdom of your Father!

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Patricia Harrison

How very sad for you all. May he rest in peace and his work continue.

Deepest sympathy on this great loss – Archbishop Gabuza, powerful now to intercede for his beloved country and Church

Gilbert Frontain

The news of the death of Archbishop Abel Gabuza comes as a great shock to me even from far away Canada. My his soul rest in eternal peace and happiness. I extend my sympathy to everyone in the Diocese of Durban .

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