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Thesis - Formation and Re-evangelization of the VANUA: The People and the Land of Fiji”
|Our congratulations again to Fr Dr Donato Kivi sm for completing all the requirements for his Doctorate by the publication of his thesis. He was happy to present the published Thesis to the Provincial, Fr Setefano Mataele sm and the Vice Provincial, Fr Milikiade Rayalu|
Born on Oct 11, 1926 at Saint Mars de Goutais, Loire-Atlantique, France. 3rd child out of 9 children, 5 girls and 4 boys. Baptized on Oct 12, 1st communion on Dec, 1932, Confirmation on June 27, 1938 at Saint Mars
Primary schooling: from Oct 1932 until June 1939. WW2 : Working at his parent’s farmhouse. Military Service, Oct 1946-Sept 1947; Dec 1947-Feb 1948.
Postulancy at La Neylière : Nov 18, 1949. Novitiate at La Neylière : late May 1950—late May 1951. Professed on May 31
Training in carpentry at the Professional College of Fr. Lamache at Lyons, Oct 1951-June 1953. A 6-month break at the Marist School of La Seyne for health reason. Got his degree in carpentry. July 1953-June 1955: renovation work à La Neylière.
June 6, 1954 : final vows à La Neylière
June 1955: his request for the Marist Missions is accepted. Appointed to Wallis-et-Futuna. February 2, 1956, leaving Marseille for Melbourne aboard the Arensker. March 19, Melbourne-Sydney by plane (his first flight). April 5, leaves Sydney for Nouméa, aboard the Resurgent. Spends 6 months in NC waiting for a boat.
Oct 14, leaves Nouméa aboard the Maria del Mar for Port Vila, Futuna (Oct 30; pilgrimage to Poï on foot), Wallis (Nov 4).
Nov 11, arrival at his final destination, Malaetoli, after more than 9 months of travels.
11/11/1956 – 14/05/ 1974 : Malaetoli, Wallis
15/05/1974 – 19/01/2017 : Kolopelu, Futuna
19/01/2017 - 23/01/2020 : Finetomai, Wallis
Requiescat in pace