NEWS OF THE PROVINCE

The International Mission Solomon Islands – Holy Name of Mary Seminary Graduation

Celebrating the Graduation at Holy Name of Mary Seminary, Honiara, Solomon Islands….three seminarians graduated this year – Selerino Diau and Kennedy Vekeni from Auki Diocese, with Deacon Benjamin Paka from the Congregation of the Mission. The Provincial, Greg Brett, was here for the celebrations. Each of the graduands submitted their final year thesis, reflecting on the cultural impacts on faith. Benji’s thesis was “Tangarare people’s reflection on the similarities and dissimilarities of Custom Worship and Christian Worship today.” Congratulations, Benji.

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Come and See Weekend at Red Beach, Solomon Islands

Last weekend saw the formation Community at Red Beach host a “Come and See” weekend for young men interested in a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. There were three young men who attended and they were very graciously accompanied by the members of the Formation Community. In this program they very introduced to the Congregation of the Mission and the spirit of St Vincent de Paul. They had an opportunity to speak with Vincentians and saw how we lived in community. We ask the Lord to continue to give the grace of discernment to these young men as they seek out ways of serving the Lord. 

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Giving thanks to the Lord for the life and ministry of Norm Cassidy CM

We were advised this morning (Sept 26th) that Fr Norm Cassidy CM entered into the peace of God’s kingdom, following a suspected stroke. Norm had just celebrated his 92nd birthday in August. We thank God for allowing us to have Norm as a confrere and a dear friend. Rest in peace.

Norm at his 92nd Birthday with Kennedy (a pastoral student)
Norm at his 92nd Birthday with Kennedy (a pastoral student)