MANSIONS (MANJIN) ON FARM BLACK DIAMOND
No early history is available on this outstation and the earliest mention of it was in 1966.
In the chronicle, Fr Bernardine noted that FR VIANNEY O’KELLY continued visiting this outstation.
1983 – MAY
22 adults were baptised and received Holy Communion on the 5th May, but they were not confirmed as the priest felt they were not yet prepared for it.
This outstation had gone from strength to strength, all due to BENJAMIN PAKKIES (3rd Order of St Francis), who goes around from farm to farm collecting the Catholics. We have applied for an official site, as we have to leave the school. The people have already collected R 157 for the new church.
The people at Manjin had a site and 1000 blocks and sand, but nothing was happening. Eventually it was decided they should pay the builder R1600, including plastering, and the priest would bring the materials.
NDABA, the catechist’s son, was to be the builder.
The Manjin people planted gum trees. They had planted cypress trees 2 years previously on the west-side, towards the setting sun.
Later that year MR J NDABA was doing the roofing of the church. The site had been applied for way back in 1984, but the forms got lost and permission was finally granted in 1989. Building started in 1992, with the people agreeing to pay the builder and Hardenberg mission would buy the materials.
Size of the church: 13 metres x 8 metres plus a sacristy. The projected cost was about R10,000.
1994 – MARCH
CONCRETE FLOORING OF CHURCH PUT DOW
In March, Mr J Ndaba was in the process of doing the floor.
The trees planted in 1991 and 1993 all thriving.
The people were being prepared for baptism – the first after 3 years. The last person to do baptisms at Manjin was Fr Egbert.
1994 – MAY
FIRST MASS IN NEW CHURCH
At the first Mass on the 28th May, Mr Ngobozi from the Anglican church came to rejoice with the people. The Anglican church were building their own church next door at the time. The priest felt that the new Catholic church looked good. Bro Eugene then put up the steel cross on the roof and the cross over the altar, also he put down the altar platform.
All that the church now lacked were Stations of the Cross and a kitchen.
The concrete floor was put down, and the people collected and broke the stone for gravel to mix with it. 54 pockets of cement were used.
MORE TREES FOR MANJIN (ST AGNES)
More trees were planted at the outstation, adding to the previous number, some of which were 4 years old.
MANJIN WANTS TO BUILD A KITCHEN
The people were anxious to build this useful addition. Nothing further appeared in the chronicle – one hopes they managed to do so.