Saturday, July 23, 2016

Fr. G. M. Michelson

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One of our Interfaith Dialogue award receipients, Fr. GM Michelson from Durban has passed away last night after suffering a heart attack. The news of his death saddened not only people of his diocese but alo wider community.

Fr Michelson was a a true man of faith who cared about everyone even those who wanted to harm him.


Throughout his life he demonstrated how a perfon of faith and conviction should conduct himself in a day to day basis. He had strong faith in interfaith dialogue and initiated many projects in his community. Having a chance to teach at a Seminary, Fr Michelson chose to live in the por communities where he could touch the lives of the people who are in greatest need and dedicated his life to this. And he indeed lived in this way.

Born in 1933, Fr Michelson is a Roman Catholic Priest in the Archdiocese of Durban. He studied ecclesiology in the Gregorian University in Italy during a period which was the radical renewal of the catholic Church in the Second Vatican Council in 1965 he was awarded doctorate in Theology. He initiated community projects which were welcomed by people of all faith and racial backgrounds. He made a presentation at the Parliament of the World Religion in Cape Town in 1999. He has also been a member of the Department of Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue and Collaboration of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference. He is currently living and working in Matikwe and Inanda areas north of Durban. Fr Michelson received Turquoise Harmony Institute’s dialogue award in interfaith category.

We wish to exress our deepest condolences to the entire South African and specifically Durban faith community hope pray to the Almighty that his legacy of serving people lives on. As Fr Michelson had deepest sympathy for the condition of the Africam communities and believed strongly in understanding the local cultures we would like to invite everyone to deepen the culture of understanding and tolerance.

We will always remember him in our prayers adn hope that God Almighty treats him with Mercy and grants him the Heaven.

Turquoise Harmony Institute