Passing of Fr Robert Janique SM

Fr Francois Grossin has sent a tribute to Fr Robert Janique who died on 12 August.  Click here (French only)       Click here (English profile)

We give thanks for the exemplary Marist and priestly life of Fr Robert.

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La Conception Assumption pilgrimage

Fr François Grossin sm reports:

For the traditional diocesan pilgrimage of August 15, at least 3000 Catholics mainly from the capital, Noumea, 10 km away, and its surrounding parishes, but also from the Northern Province as far as Bondé, 420 km away, joined together at La Conception, either on foot or by cars and buses, to celebrate the Assumption of Mary and pray for peace.

From its very beginnings the sanctuary has been looked after by the Marist community, led nowadays by Fr Bill Herket, from Vanuatu.

Prepared by a special Committee made up with representatives of various parishes the programme included 5 hours non-top Confessions in the church, and many activities outside.

The outside Eucharist at 3:00 pm was presided by Archbishop Calvet, who took his turn in the unending confessions. 

By hundreds youth from the Southern Province took part to the event as part of their one-week yearly gathering and they contributed to its success.

A memorable day indeed !  (pictures below)

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Below, L-R: Fr Michel, diocesan priest, from Javanese origin and Fr Bill sm, from Santo, Vanuatu 
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Teachers' workshop

Following on the Education Review, and the Provincial Chapter Recommendation, a Teachers’ Workshop was held (Aug 06-11) at the Marist Brothers' novitiate, Lomeri, Fiji, for our teachers in Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands.

The goals of the workshop were to build a community of Marist educators in the Oceania, to appropriate the findings and recommendations of the Review of Marist College Ministry in Oceania 2016 and to take practical steps to implement those recommendations.

The workshop produced documents on inculcating Marist spirituality in schools, on the induction of lay teachers, on training lay Marists and on the protection of minors.

The work was done in good spirit and the men were grateful to learn more about what was being done in Marist schools in Samoa, Tongs, Fiji, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. Time was set aside for prayer and reflection.

In a Statement to the Province, the teachers proclaimed: ‘We believe that the Oceania Marist Province has a future and commit ourselves to encouraging young men to join us in doing Mary’s work.’ They also affirmed ‘the education ministry as a significant way for Marists to be present in Oceania at this time.’

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Back Row: A.Vaisima, V.Siua, A.Murray [Facilitator], 2nd Back: O.Vaihu, P.Fong [Organizer], M.Tuvini. Middle: B.Sigere, E.Sawesawe, L.Manu. 2nd Front: L.’Olie, I.Waqaraipoa, R.Taria. Front: E.Manu, S.Faka’osi. L.Maite. D.Hatobu.


Hohola happenings

From the Marist project in Port Moresby, PNG, Fr Austin Magara reports:

Hohola parish after 50 years has seen very little change. With the leadership of Fr. Justin Ratsi there has been real progress.

The Hohola parish stone wall project needs K220, 000:00 to complete landscaping and back filling. All parishioners and stakeholders have supported the project through fundraising. So far, K56,000:00 was spent on the on going progressive work.

An Asian business company, SVS store, presented K20,000:00 in aid of the project recently. Other companies, including Datec and Hebou Construction, are also supporting the stone wall project.

Our simple appeal to parishioners is 'It's time for change, We want change and we will bring change.'

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 Above: Hohola team, from left: Fr Justin Ratsi (Superior), Mikaele Misinale (seminarian pastoral on pastoral-tonga) & Fr Austin Magara ( Assistant parish priest).  Below:  The Hohola front gate, with bakery in the background.   |   Stone wall construction with Hohola technical school in background.
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