Holy Door pilgrimage, Diocese of Gizo
If the people can’t go to the Holy Door, the Holy Door goes to the people.

The People of Christ the King Parish, Voruvoru conveyed their thanks to the Holy Father, Pope Francis for initiating the Jubilee year of Mercy. It is timely for those of them who lived in rather isolated places where visitation and other necessary services are lacking to the world outside of them. It has also helped to strengthen their local Catholic communities as well as building the relationship amongst them. The pilgrimage created solidarity in communities. They extended their sincere thanks to Most Rev. Bishop Luciano Capelli SDB of Gizo Diocese for his support by enabling the Holy Door to reach their shore and other parts in the Diocese. Also to the Diocesan Team of Pastoral Animation (DTPA) Led by the Episcopal Vicar General; Fr. Jacob Qetobatu for their hard work and dedication. They live in an unpredictable situation where at times they are unsure of their place in the country as well as in the Church. They know that access to their location is rather difficult, and this has contributed to a larger degree in isolating them from outside communication.

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The Mercy Fever In Gizo Diocese

The ‘FB IMG 1462243401274MERCY FEVER’ which converts and globalises the hearts proposed to us by Pope Francis to commit us to forgive others and challenge us to service and solidarity with all has reached the highest point in the thermometer here in Gizo at the centre south Pacific region

The isolation of the parishes from the Gizo Diocesan Centre makes it impossible for the people of the far away villages to reach the cathedral and the Holy Door of the Jubilee year

The pastoral team however did not give up the great opportunity offered to the faithful and proposed an easy and meaningful initiative “If the isolated faithful cannot go to the holy door at the cathedral, the holy door will go around the parishes and the villages to reach the isolated people”

The tour of the 14 villages ended today after two intensive months with the diocesan boat and 60 horse outboard motor which braved the sea which has not always peaceful and cooperativeholy door travelling around

The welcome ceremony at sea has been very well prepared

  • The Holy door was preceded by the Cross and sided by the two banners of the Jubilee year logo

  • The village warriors gave the Cross and the door a real custom and hero welcome

  • There followed a liturgical celebration on meditation on God’s words, celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation and Eucharist

  • The symbolic passing through the reconciliation door implied the acceptance of the gift of compassion received and the commitment to reconcile with one’s neighbours, and peace making among hostile groups. True peace we all believe passes through forgiveness freely received and given

  • The people have been prepared by the pastoral team on a previous visit and responded with unexpected enthusiasm

FB IMG 1462243316107The Gizo priests have shared their happiness in seeing the people participate with all good will

In Melanesian social life “reconciliation-compensation” are key words and the ritual is central in the culture of the village social life, Faith provides the experience first in oneself and the sharing of that experience to others as a commitment to the Gift received

Never have the priests worked so hard as these two months as ministers of reconciliation

How beautiful it is when we can experience reconciliation within ourselves and we share this gift to others… How beautiful it is when we can forgive each other and start again

Mistakes and conflicts can become moments encounter and of growth if faced with an open heart, motivated by faith and generosity

Luciano Capelli, sdb

Bishop of Gizo

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Solomon Heart made in Italy Celebrated Golden Jubilee’

By Nascia Pae Catholic Communication Gizo Diocese Western Province

Bishop Luciano Capelli sdb celebrated his golden anniversary as a Professed Salesian of Don Bosco on August 16, and renewed his vows to God in front of his church community… in front of three nice and tasty cakes

Bishop Capelli sdb Catholic Diocese of Gizo

Visibly touched and emotionally moved he prayed the formula of Salesian Religious Profession. The bishop later explained that he has never felt so emotional in his life as he renewed the same commitment to God which he made 50 years ago. “At that time I did not know what I would face, now I know and therefore this renewal is more meaningful and complete even if done in a very simple and informal way… I promised gain like don Bosco to give my life to the last breath for my flock… how can you not be emotional about it?”

Bishop Luciano Capelli was born in Tirano (So) Italy on October 19th, 1947.

 From 1965—1971 he was in the philippines. He obtained his Bachelor Degree in Education—philosophy studies in 1968, work as Biology instructor for Don Bosco Technical College of Engineering in 1969-1970. Then in early 1971 he obtained Perpetual Profession and was a Classical Latin and teacher in Don Bosco Seminary College.

 In 1972 he returned to Italy to study theological studies at Instituto Teologico Sam Tommaso. He was ordained a deacon on December 10, 1974 at Sondrio. He completed his theological studies in 1975 in which he obtained his Bachelor Degree in Theology. He was Ordained a Priest in June 28, 1975 at Cologna di Tirano Sodrio (Italy).

 In 1975 to 1999 he went back to the Philippines. In 1976 to 1977 he was a Youth Center Director for Don Bosco Technical College of Engineering. From 1977- 1982 he became the Spiritual Director for Don Bosco Technical College of Engineering. In 1982 he was Rector for Don Bosco Technical Institute at Tarlac, Philippians.

 From 1985 to 1991, he went for further studies and obtained his Masters Degree in Education at Saint Joseph College of Graduate School, Manila. He was also Rector of Don Bosco Technical College of Engineering.

In 1991 to 1992 Bishop Luciano Capelli was Rector Don Bosco Hall, for the boarding house for University Students in the Philippines. In 1992 to 1993 Bishop Luciano Capelli becomes a provincial council member and from 1993 to 1999 he was the Provincial FIN province for Manila and Papua New Guinea.

He came to the Solomons in 1999, he built and founded and was Rector for Don Bosco Technical Institute at Henderson in Honiara and Don Bosco Rural Training Center and Mini Hjospital at Tetere North East Guadalcanal until 2007.


He was ordained Bishop of Gizo on October 21, 2007by His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Zen—Cardinal of China at Gizo. Over the weekend he celebrated three masses on the 14th Friday he celebrated Mass to mark the open day of the St Peter Training Centre and the Kindergarten rebuilt by him after the Gizo Tsunami and Earthquake of april 2 2007.

Most Rev. Bishop Capelli SDB

He marked 200 years of the Birth of DON Bosco, 15th He celebrated for the Mothers of St Peter Parish and on the 16th he renewed his commitments with a heartfelt speech that made everyone in tears.

Renewing his vows