The Provincial and Vicar General of OMP hosted the MAP meeting for 2019. It was held in Apia, Samoa, under the warm and generous hospitality of the Samoa Sector, led by Fr Mika Tuimavave, the Sector Delegate, and the confreres in Samoa on 18—19 June.
Mission Funding Workshop
The Provincial Bursar attended a workshop on Mission Funding sponsored by AMS (Australian Marist Solidarity) of the Marist Brothers, Australia. This was held in the Marist District House in Davao, Philippines under the experienced and well-known director of AMS, Br Allen Sherry fms in the last week of May. In attendance were representatives from the District of Asia, Marist Sisters, Sisters of our Lady of Notre Dame, Trinitarian Sisters, and a lay person from Kachin, Myanmar. It was a worthwhile workshop in which participants were able to learn and appreciated first hand, the intricacies of sourcing funds for missions and the untiring efforts and commitment of AMS and MMC (Marist Mission Centre) of the Marist Fathers, Australia
The International Novitiate was also visited to meet the OMP members there, Fr Jacob Aba, the Socius, and the two novices from OMP, Leonard Amora and Lesley Kinani. The Novitiate is situated in an area most fittingly called Eden, Davao, Philippines. The Novice master, Fr Ingente Fernando, and the other Socius, former Superior General, Fr Joaquin Fernandez, were both happy and well.
The Councilor, Fr Justin Ratsi sm, visited the Vanuatu Sector towards the end of May. He had the opportunity to visit the Bishop, John Bosco Baremes sm, and meeting all the confreres on missions in Vanuatu. There are four communities in the Sector—Paray, Tanna, Port Orly and Big Bay. He managed to visit all of the communities except Big Bay due to rough seas.
Marist Family Vocation Promotion
Vocation promotion as a team is an initiative of the Marist Family in Fiji. Members from the various sm branches come together and promote vocation to the Marist in various parts of Fiji. Representatives from the Marist Sisters, Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary (smsm), Marist Brothers (fms), and Marist priests with senior students of Marist College formed the team. They present to youths what the Marist vocation is all about and allowing the youths to respond with questions and opening up dialogues with them.