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Materials Arrive for The New Church Building

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Unloading Sand from the Barge Community Work

 

Tonnes of loaded Church Materials are arriving to continue the Church building. Materials are from Italy and expecting tonnes will arrive soon. The Cathedral was left untouched since March this year.
The Diocese is expecting more volunteers from Italy to continue the St. Peter’s Cathedral Gizo.

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New Cathedral progress

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Radio Happy Lagoon interviewed our Bishop, Most Rev, Bishop Capelli on the 22nd January about the church building.

During the interview, Bishop Capelli said, the reconstruction work was carried out after the major structure of the old church building was damaged by the April 2007 Tsunami and earthquake that devasted parts of Western and Choiseul Provinces. The church started to be demolished on November and by December we begin to rebuild the church. Bishop said, the sitting capacity will about 360, then on both sides sits.

Bishop Luciano said, “actually the church is almost the same as the old cathedral, it will have double roofing on top and on both sides. It will look  in style to give a homely touch.

“Funding for the church was made possible through the efforts of many people including Bishop Chris Cardone with his friends from the United States, Bishop Capelli and friends from Italy, the volunteers and the people from the Diocese. He said, “it was a community effort which almost totaled up to $1 million Solomon dollars.

Bishop Capelli said , “The same volunteers, architects, leading men and people who built Don Bosco school and mini-hospital at Tetere came here to help us rebuild our church. They financed themselves. That is the true spirit of  the volunteer”.

Bishop Luciano said, the great thing that is happening in our church is the renewal of the people and the ability to cope uwith the tragedy of the Tsunami, but the most important aspect is to stick close to the people in their needs for their daily livelihood. So after we did that for 1 year we started to return to church work in the second year.

Bishop Capelli said, “The best message from this church building is, we have to learn to be volunteers. These volunteers are here just to help us, and they should inspire us to go back to our Melanesian values of community work. So let us put aside some of our time to build our community. Let's not ask what the church can do for us, but what we can do for the church and for our society to make it a better world”

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Gizo Cathedral Progress

 

The new Cathedral is going very well with the workers putting in long hours six days per week. Click on the new photo gallery (right) for later photos.Great Enthusiasm

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All Souls Day and Cathedral de-construction

The following photos show the All Souls Day procession to the tombs as well as deconstruction work on the badly damaged Cathedral. Click on an image to show it full size. You can also drag photos around your screen so you can see several enlarged ones at once. Click on the new photo gallery (right) for later photos.

Burning foundations- Solomons Style Fresh water for concreting

     

 

 

 

 

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Artist Impressions of the new Gizo Cathedral

 

The original 40 year old Gizo Cathedral was very badly damaged in the devastating earthquake of April 2nd 2007. The remains of the Cathedral have now been de-constructed and in a lot less than 12 months  the new Cathedral should be fully in use. Here are the pictures of the new building. You can click on an image to show more detail.

 

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New Priest's House

By Tangolo Hivu

 

Constructing the new Priest house began late June and the work is in progress.

New Priest's House

The old site which is a Family Life office will be removed leaving only the westen side and the eastern side wallings.

 

Mr.Dominic Miavana (under the supervision of Raymond and Sebastian) worked  very hard with the boys trying to set up the foundation which is a skyline set up.

The building will include Priest residence, office and a conference room etc. A 15m x 15m story building will be completed before Cctober this year 2008.

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Progress to replace damaged Cathedral Cathedral reconstruction

By Rellysdom Malakana

Raymond Jio is expecting more temporary workers to speed up small constructive projects which are expected to complete by July. These temporary workers are from nearby areas and from Vanga holiday and former students.

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Two Italian volunteer friends again acknowledged

 

Two famous Italian volunteers to the Diocese of Gizo again acknowledged for the good work they did in the past three months.

 

Mr. Franco Motadelli and Mr. Alessandro Locatelli were among the 30 Italian volunteers who help on construction Projects, especially for the Education for the Diocese of Gizo.

 

             

 

 

During the farewell function on the 27th of this month, The Bishop of Gizo, Most Rev, Bishop Luciano Capelli SDB, handed them a recognition document to them for their work as a volunteer with the people of Solomon Island in building centers for young people in the Western and Choiseul province, for have proclaimed the evangelical message of the Gospel of the goodwill for their extraordinary example, as a friend and brother to the young people.

 

 

Alessandro (Sandro), who made is military service and have a special kind of motto, a kind of principal that focus much on “To love is to serve”. Sandro know his entire job but there is another kind of job he said he doesn’t know, that is making enemies. Sandro has been here 3 times.

 

 

And Franco, this year he is very happy more than the other years. He said, more work has been done with fewer people but very committed. There are some of his characteristics that may upset his working colleagues but that is not from the heart. It is part of encouraging the boys to try out again with success. Franco has been here 9 times.

 

Franco and Sandro also help out teaching their colleagues and other students from the training center for international standards. But they said, moreover is learning from each other, these will give proper direction for adequate teaching skills.

 

 

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