During 1999, Patrick Barry, a visiting Missionary of the Blessed Sacrament from Australia, spoke at all the Masses in the Cape Town Cathedral parish.
The Missionary society to which Patrick belonged had been responsible for setting up hundreds of Perpetual Adoration chapels worldwide including a number of chapels of Perpetual Adoration in the Durban Archdiocese.
He invited the Cape Town Cathedral parishioners to commit themselves to one hour of silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament per week at the Villa Maria Shrine.
The response to this appeal was encouraging and a committee was established comprising one coordinator for each of the hours of the day. The committee decided to begin with 12 hours of adoration per day, instead of 24. The intention was to increase the number of hours of adoration after a few months as more people committed themselves until eventually perpetual adoration in the Shrine was attained.
Adoration began on Monday 30th August 1999 with a Mass in Villa Maria Chapel at 7.30 p.m. to launch the project. Archbishop Lawrence Henry and Fr. Hugh O'Connor celebrated Holy Mass. Villa Maria Chapel was full to beyond capacity. This was followed by a candlelight procession to the Adoration Shrine and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Today the Villa Maria Shrine is open Monday to Saturday from 12 noon to 9pm.
If you would like to become part of the roster please contact us. We are always looking for more people to commit themselves to just one hour a week.
Enquiries: 021 - 4238136
The beginning of Eucharistic Adoration in the Shrine - 30 August 1999
Abp Henry and Fr O'Connor                               A packed Villa Maria Chapel                                                     Procession to the Shrine                       Benediction