Date of publication: 02/11/2021

The CGI Donates 1,000 Miraculous Medals to South Africa

Council General International World News

Father Miguel de Lemos is organizing a spiritual campaign to fight the pandemic.

November is the month devoted to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, whose feast day is on the 27th, when the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Labouré, Daughter of Charity. To reinforce this devotion, the Vincentian priests (CM) in South Africa are organizing a spiritual campaign to fight the pandemic by distributing Miraculous Medals.

The Council General International – SSVP is joining the South African Vincentian priests in this worthy initiative by sending 1,000 medals directly to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, located in Crown Mines (Johannesburg), where the Vincentian priests work.

The campaign is the brainchild of Father Miguel de Lemos with the operational support of Brother Aldo Leone. “Spreading devotion to the Miraculous Medal, especially in these times of pandemic, will contribute to reducing the number of cases. Our country has faced three waves during this terrible health crisis. We ask the Blessed Virgin for her spiritual protection so that we can overcome this very critical moment for all of us,” said Father Lemos.

According to Brother Aldo, this campaign is going smoothly: “To date, some 2,000 medals have already been distributed. In addition to distributing medals to the faithful, the parish is organizing, in October and November, other spiritual activities, such as masses, rosaries, processions, novenas and lectures. The ultimate goal is to distribute as many medals as possible so that devotion increases and graces may be obtained”, commented Aldo.

In 2018, Bro. Renato Lima de Oliveira, 16th President General, along with Bro. Joseph Makwinja, had the joy of visiting St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and learned about the charitable work carried out by the religious who exercise the Vincentian ministry there.

As for donations, medals shall be sent using private courier delivery services (like DHL) because public courier services are experiencing many operational problems:

Father Miguel de Lemos

26 Church Street

Crown Mines

Johannesburg 2001

South Africa

For any question or further information, contact Brother Aldo Leone (