Dr Christopher Stange, Hon. Consul for St Vincent and the Grenadines to Northern Ireland and Chair of ACSONI, delivering keynote address at St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Dr Christopher Stange, Hon. Consul for St Vincent and the Grenadines to Northern Ireland and chairperson of the African Caribbean Support Organisation Northern Ireland (ACSONI), was given the honour of providing the keynote address at a special service to remember the life of former South African president Nelson Mandela at St Anne’s Cathedral under the theme: “Reflections on the life of Nelson Mandela – Lessons in Peace and Reconciliation”.
The service was organised in partnership with ACSONI, Office of the Lord Mayor of Belfast and the Office of the Dean of Belfast of the Cathedral Church of Saint Anne, Belfast.
Stange said: “I would like to express our sincerest condolences on behalf of the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines and the entire Caribbean and African community. May I call upon our brothers and sisters in Northern Ireland to join in commemorating the life of Nelson Mandela. May his lesson of reconciliation be a beacon for all of us, and may his memories remain forever in the hearts of people and countries across the world.”
The Lord Mayor Cllr. Máirtín Ó Muilleoir added: “This is an opportunity for the people of Belfast to reflect on the life of Nelson Mandela and give thanks for the inspiration and legacy he has left us. I would like to thank the Dean and Chapter of St Anne’s and ACSONI for their invaluable work in putting together this service.”
Dean of Belfast, the Very Reverend John Mann commented: “I welcome this opportunity to share with the Lord Mayor and the African Caribbean community in Belfast in a celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela. It is important that we mark the occasion of his death, but yet more important that we learn the lessons of his life.”
The service focused on six ‘reflections’, interspersed with prayers, bible readings and hymns. The reflections are inspired by Nelson Mandela’s life, and will take the themes of ‘Those Who Live In Darkness And Experience Violence’, ‘Freedom’, ‘Forgiveness’, ‘International Co-Operation’, ‘Unity And Victory Over Apartheid’ and ‘Peace And Reconciliation’.