NEWS OF THE PROVINCE

A Traditional Welcome for Fr Greg Gay to the Solomon Islands

Greg was welcomed by the students of Holy Name of Mary Seminary, Tenaru, on the Monday of Holy Week, as he arrived for the visitation of the International Mission.

 

Some Good News

Both Mick Walsh and Peter Reedy had successful surgeries and now are in the convalescence stage of their recovery. Please could keep them in their prayers as they enter recovery and rehabilitation.

Welcome to Fr Greg Gay, our Superior General

Greg will be making a flying visit to the Oceania Province this weekend before flying to the International Missions in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. This will probably be Greg’s last visit to the Province as he retires from being Superior General during the next General Assembly in July. So, Greg….WELCOME.

Greg Gay Portrait

Funeral of Fr. Xave Barry CM

We gave thanks and praise to the Lord for the life and ministry of Xave Barry CM – priest of the Congregation of the Mission and a Servant of the Lord today, March 1st, 2016. Presiding was his eldest brother, Fr. Stan Barry CM, who was assisted by Frs Alan Gibson CM, Brian O’Sullivan CM and many of his Vincentian brothers from around Australia. Many people came to celebrate this Mass of the resurrection for Xave – people for whom Xave was a real sign of God’s presence, acceptance and love. Prominent in their presence were the staff and students of Marist College, Kogarah, where Xave was Chaplain for several years. Stan was effusive in his thanks of all the many people who have helped Xave, both during his ministry as well as in his illness.

Xave in 2014, Marsfield.
Xave in 2014, Marsfield.

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A News Report from Fr. Joji Bilowalu CM

Cyclone Winston hits the Fiji Islands

All confreres in Fiji are well and ok despite the Monster cyclone that affected the Fiji Group of Islands.  In Wailoku only damaged to root crops and some fallen trees, in Nausori not so much damaged.  Natovi is the worst affected in terms of building Structures damaged.  Classrooms and Hostel blown away.  The Community House in Natovi and  the church:  their roofs are blown away. If anyone wants to make a donation to the relief of Natovi Mission, please use the contact form and let us know…as soon as possible. Thank you.

School Damage
School Damage
Presbytery damage
Presbytery damage
Church roof gone!
Church roof gone!

Sharing Reflections of Mission and Vincentian Life

We welcomed Fr Mathew (Assistant General) and Fr. Robertus (Visitor of Indonesian Province) to Australia in early February to discuss with members of the Oceania Province how to develop and grow the International Mission in the Solomon Islands. Joining the meeting: Fr Greg Brett, the newly appointed Visitor of Oceania and three of his Council – Frs. Brian O’Sullivan, Philip Robson and Joseva Naqou.

The reflections focused on seeing the Solomon Island Mission as a strength for both the International Vincentian Community and the Oceania Province. We are ministering in a resource-poor local Church amidst great difficulties at times yet with a spirit of co-operation and encouragement across Provinces. We acknowledged the support and commitment for the Solomon Islands Mission by both the General Curia and the Asia Pacific Visitors Conference. We agreed that more personnel and resources need to be allocated to this Mission for its ongoing viability and vitality. Part of the sharing included the plan of the Oceania Province: to commit itself to the Solomon Islands Mission, especially in providing confreres for the Parish side of the Mission. This was well received by Frs. Mathew and Robertus. All in all, there is a very positive outlook to the Solomon Islands International Mission. However, with all things, more work and commitment is needed to assure its growth.

After the meeting, we shared a meal…a good Australian bar-b-que and a few drinks…while sharing life as Vincentians.

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It was a great experience to have Frs Mathew and Robertus with us here in Sydney. As many would know, Australia is a long way from anywhere and it takes a long time to get here. Special thanks to both Frs Mathew and Robertus for being with us.

Preparing for the General Assembly 2016.

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