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Graduation of three Seminarians at Wailoku, Fiji
We congratulate Petero, Michael and Daniel on gaining a diploma award at Pacific Regional Seminary, Fiji.
Solomon Island International Mission
On November 4th, there was a celebration of three major things:-
1. Celebrating 400 years of the Vincentian Charism
2. Blessing the grave of Fr Raul Castro CM
3. remembering that the Vincentians have been ministering in the Solomon Islnads for 25 years.
It was a simple celebration, lead by the Archbishoip of Honiara, Chris Cardone OP, accompanied by Fr Mathew Kallamakal CM, Assaistant General, and the local communities of Holy Name of Mary Seminary, Tenaru, and Good Shepherd Parish, Red Beach. The Vincentian Family was there with the Vincent De Paul Society members and the people with whom we minister.
400 YEARS CELEBRATIONS IN ROME
400 Years Celebration – Fiji
From the Provincial: Greg Brett:
I am taking a time to share recent news from Fiji and beyond.
Fiji 400 Year Celebrations: In addition to taking on the Kadavu Mission as part of the 400 Year celebrations there was also a celebration of the spirit of Vincent de Paul in Fiji. The celebration was a combined effort of the Parish of Natovi and Nausori as well as many other parishes and groups from Fiji. The Mass was presided over by the Archbishop Peter Loy Chong. So many people were involved in the preparation of the Mass and the celebratory lunch. Three independent estimates of the crowd had it at 3000 people. The photos attached do not do justice to the numbers of people who were present. Following the mass was the laying of wreaths on the three graves that lie next to the old Church. Before lunch was served we were entertained with Meke ni Sollevu. There was more entertainment after lunch, the highlight of which was a formal Meke presented by the Senior School. It was magnificent. Festivities started to close around 5.30pm but there was a strong contingent who celebrated well into the evening. There is no doubt of the influence of Vincent de Paul by the confreres and the Society. Many thanks to all the confreres involved in the preparation of the day.
The International Mission and Oceania Province: Solomon Islands