Bougainville Sector

 

This page: History  Where we are   |   The communities

 

 

0416 Reg crest Bougainville

Sector Delegate (2021)

Fr Brian Sigere sm

PO Box 223

Buka, Bougainville Province

Tel: 675 973 9227  mob: 675 7452 4990

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

HISTORY 

 

In 1898, Bishop Pierre Broyer SM, vicar Apostolic of Samoa, was charged with establishing new missions in what was then called the North Solomons.

Marist Frs. Karl Flaus and Eugene Englert were sent from Samoa to begin the new mission. They were greatly helped in this work by two Samoan catechists, Kario and Lino. They founded their first mission at Poporang in the Shortland Islands.

In 1901 they established their second mission at Kieta. Over the years 30 missions were established on Bougainville, Buka, Nissan and the Caterets.World War II was a difficult period as the Japanese invaded and occupied the Region. Five Marists, three priests and two brothers, were killed, others were interned.

A period of great vitality followed on from the war as the missions undertook the work of reconstruction of churches, schools, health clinics and convents.

A further period of much difficulty was experienced in more recent years because of the Bougainville Secessionist movement from 1988 to 1997. Many people died as a consequence of the conflict, relationships between the various groups involved were fractured and every aspect of life was affected.

Marists have been involved in the work of reconciliation and re-establishment of political, social and economic structures still continue.

The necrology of Oceania Marist Province shows that more than 80 Marist missionaries, now deceased, worked in the Bougainville Region.

 

WHERE WE ARE IN BOUGAINVILLE

 Bougainville map 2

 

 

 

 

HAHELA COMMUNITY 2021
Boniface3 Brian Sigere 3i Hapuak2 Nawata Posirou3i
 Fr Boniface Kevon sm Fr Brian Sigere sm (S/SD) Fr James Hapuak sm Fr Tony Nawata sm Fr Steven Posirou sm
Parishes responsible for: Gagan,