In the 1990s, Fr Simon Donnelly studied African (and some non-African) languages and general linguistics at the University of Cape Town, then at the University of Illinois. He wrote a doctorate on a small, hybrid, south-eastern Bantu language spoken in Lesotho and the northern Transkei, called (si)Phuthi. He became a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, in the Department of Linguistics. In 2002, he applied to the Archdiocese of Johannesburg, and was sent to Rome in 2003 for priestly studies, where he resided at the Pontifical Scots College, then at the Pontifical French Seminary. He returned in 2010 to his diocese, Johannesburg, where he was curate at Immaculate Conception (Rosebank). He is now acting priest-in-charge at Our Lady of the Wayside parish, Maryvale. He gives thanks to Almighty God for uncountable graces received. Laudetur Jesus Christus, semper laudetur! Praised be Jesus Christ, praised for ever!