Jan 2021

This page:  Planning the new year  Relief for Cyclone Yasa New Mother General for SOLN First Profession 




As it is happening in all the Sectors at the beginning of a new year, the Fiji Sector came together from the 13—15 January not only to be with each other but also to plan for the year ahead. This entails refocusing on their mission with accompanying pastoral plans. A presentation on Child Protection and Safeguarding by the Provincial administration was well received and further plan on Safeguarding training was established. Fiji Sector has 3 parishes, one school, and chaplaincies. Wishing a fruitful outcome to all the Sectors as they gather to deliberate at the beginning of 2021.
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 As Fiji Islands braces herself for the arrival of Cyclone Ana, the efforts to reach out to the victims of the recent cyclone Yasa continue. The Provincial joined forces with Sr Kalala Taufa of the Marist Sisters in distributing school stationery kits and miscellaneous school resources received from numerous generous donors to the school children in the northern island of Vanua Levu where the full force of the cyclone was felt. The relief project was the initiative of the Marist Sister after visiting the areas greatly affected by the cyclone. The sponsors and donors are gratefully thanked and are very much appreciated.
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 Despite the COVID-19 restrictions they did not hold back the SOLN sisters from their General Chapter. The Chapter culminated with the election of Sr Alisi Naufahu (3rd from left) of Tonga as the new Mother General together with four new councilors. The election was witnessed and confirmed by his Grace, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong. The SOLN sisters began 130 years ago with courageous young Fijian girls and women who volunteered to help the early Marist missionaries (Priests and Sisters) in their mission. The SOLN have spread from Fiji to Tonga and Samoa and they are still working in partnership with other Marists and other congregations in building up the Kingdom of God within the local Churches. Congratulations to Sr Alisi and her new team and to the SOLN sisters for their 130th Anniversary.
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  We joyfully welcome to the Province and to the Society of Mary the two newly professed, Charles Sangul sm of Vanuatu and Peter Carde Matakarawa sm of Fiji. Seen in the photo is one of their formators in the Novitiate, Oceanian Fr Jacob Aba sm of the Solomon Island. Because there will be no novitiate in 2021 Fr Jacob is returning to Oceania to continue in the formation work.

Of the two newly professed, Peter Carde is returning to Fiji to continue his formation and studies at Marist College. Charles Sangul is not able to return to Fiji to continue his formation due to COVID-19 restrictions. Instead he will continue to Rome where he will join the International Formation Community for his further formation and training.

Congratulations brothers and welcome back Fr Jacob.

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