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Public Lecture: Fr Patrick Noonan (20 Feb)

Please join us in celebrating
the UN World Day of Social Justice
on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 


Fr Patrick Noonan
will launch his new book



"South Africans have failed Nelson Mandela's unity and reconciliation project...
without unity and 
reconciliation there could be war..."
- Chief Justice Moegoeng Moegoeng, January 2018 

Most of us in South Africa, during the 45 years of apartheid, didn’t notice that we had been programmed, rebooted, reset and downloaded as new creatures: apartheid man – or woman. We were the first country in human history to successfully try this experiment in social engineering. Happily, eventually, we saw the light and repudiated it. Or did we!

Many of us are still recovering from the damage apartheid did to us. It must be said that from media reports, and noted in this book, a small but growing number of white South Africans are committing themselves to making South Africa a home for all.

In spite of that, today racist outbursts are smothering the airwaves.
Present day racists, he or she, are the typical bigoted self-centred Pharisees Jesus regularly and angrily called “hypocrites”.

In 2018 the Catholic church is celebrating 200 years in South Africa.
It is for a good reason that, especially during this Lent, the SACBC is highlighting racism
and the need for repentance in our country.
This book is for the fools, idiots and clowns, our brothers and sisters, who manage to keep intolerance on the boil by their blunders, insensitivities, and inability to listen and relate to fellow South Africans. Even their dogs catch it and it goes viral on neighbouring dogs!

Help, My Granny’s Dog Is a Racist proves this astonishing claim and others too. It will make you cry or laugh or angry or at least embarrassed.

*** The book will be available for purchase after the talk

Event Details

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 19h00 
St Augustine Auditorium
53 Ley Road, Victory Park, JHB

*** Free of charge, although a cash donation
to St Augustine would be appreciated ***
Patrick Noonan is a Franciscan who has lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East and the black townships of South Africa since 1970 and was still there when his area – known as the Vaal Triangle – exploded in anti-apartheid rage in the latter half of 1984. It was this uprising that signalled the beginning of the end of apartheid and led to the release of Nelson Mandela.

Noonan has made contributions to the reform of law enforcement agencies in South Africa and to the national Moral Regeneration Movement. He is presently ministering in Boksburg, and also assists the Gauteng Council of Churches in the area of post-apartheid reconciliation. He is the bestselling author of the recently reissued, revised and expanded book They’re Burning the Churches (Jacana 2011), which has been read by popular request on the daily book slot of SAfm in 2012 and 2018. In 2017 he published St Francis Uncensored (Choice Publishing 2016), which gives a new provocative interpretation of the thirteenth-century saint from the township of Assisi, and Township God (Write-On Publishing 2016), a book on his unique experiences as a church minister in the townships of Gauteng.

In his present book, Help! My Granny’s Dog is a Racist (Write-On Publishing 2018) he lays bare tearful and telling stories South African Christians have overlooked for too long.

Patrick Noonan is also the recipient of civic awards including the Mayor’s Medal for Services to the Community in the Municipalities of Sedibeng south of Johannesburg.

You can read more about Fr Noonan’s publications here: