Former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs footballer Bernard Parker has been attending church for several years and has decided to take his faith to the next level and was baptised into the Catholic faith.
The star was baptised and confirmed as a member of the Catholic faith this past weekend in a religious ceremony attended by close friends and family members.
Speaking to MzansiLIVE, Bernard’s wife Wendy said that the star had undergone lessons for a year in preparation for the big day and was “nervous but excited”.
“He worked hard to try and remember everything he needed to. He attended classes on a weekly basis and do everything that was required of him. He really showed that he wanted this. I am happy because this will bring more stability into his life,” Wendy said.
Bernard had always attended church with the family but his work commitments meant that he was never able to attend the classes needed to qualify him to be baptised into the faith.
This meant the couple’s marriage was not recognised by the church, and they decided to get remarried by a Catholic priest after his baptism.
“We got married very quickly and even had a white wedding but it was never recognised by the church because Bernard was not a member of the faith. We had to get remarried, this time by a Catholic priest in the church, to make it official. Now we are recognised and I couldn’t be more happy,” Wendy added.