by Juliana Valdez
While viewing EWTN recently, I was made aware of another apostle of Christ who is also of our era, just as Sts John Paul II and Mother Teresa. He is Blessed Benedict Daswa of South Africa. A member of the Lemba tribe, his native name is Tshimangadzo which means “miracle” or “wonder”. After learning his life’s story, I was able to see how aptly he was named, since his life reflected that he was indeed a “wonder”.
Benedict, a convert to Catholicism, at the age of 17 in 1973, was instructed by Fr Benedict Risimati, and was confirmed the same year. Benedict took his catechist’s name and went on to become an educator (teacher and principal), husband, father of eight and was viewed as a champion in the community where he worked alongside the residents to improve their living conditions.