It is with great sadness that the St Alban’s College community has learnt of the passing of our beloved Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu.
A tireless social activist and human rights defender, Desmond Tutu not only coined the term “Rainbow Nation” to describe the country’s ethnic diversity but, after the first democratic elections in 1994, went on to become its conscience, using his international profile in many campaigns like the fight against HIV/Aids, tuberculosis, poverty, racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia and transphobia, among others.
As we enter this time of mourning may we be comforted by the Gospel. In John 11:25, our Lord Jesus Christ makes a very important declaration which is crucial to the understanding of our Christian faith. Jesus says: “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” Jesus tells us in advance what to expect in this life, that we will make a transition from life in this world into eternity to be with God forever.
May we all experience peace and comfort from God during this time of grief and sorrow. Desmond Tutu will be remembered for his empathy, ingenuity, courage, quick-witted humour and impeccable servant leadership. On behalf of the whole Albanian community, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to Mama Leah and the whole Tutu family.
Thank you for sharing this great man of God with all of us, please be assured of our love and prayers. May the Soul of our Beloved Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Rest in Peace and Rise again in Glory.