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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
Gathering of the Province…Kincumber 2017
We are gathered at St Joseph’s Centre, Kincumber, on the beautiful Central Coast, with great weather, albeit somewhat cold. We shared insights about our past – from St Vincent de Paul, our beginnings in Australia through to our present as Oceania. It was interesting to note that thepresence of crises in the Church or Society have been a catalyst for mission, especially when the needs of the poor and struggling were not being met. In this time of remembering the 400 years of the Vincentian Charism, we celebrate the mission to be good news for the poor.