Gizo Diocese Chapter met at the newly completed Betania Formation Center (Jah Mountain Gizo) for a day of reflection and sharing on the last letter of Pope Francis on ‘Fratelli tutti’ (we are all brothers).
St. John Bosco Nila, Shortland Nila 9th School Graduation
Saint John Bosco School in the Shortlands has graduated about 70 students in the ninth ceremony in its History.
The PRIMARY SCHOOL school was built at the very beginning of the station by the Marist Fathers missionaries from Bouganville and was later run by the Dominican sisters and given back to the government in ’78. It was taken back by the church immediately after the earthquake and tsunami of April 2, 2007
His Eminence Cardinal Francisco Coccopalmerio visited the new established school at Nusabaruku yesterday 13 March in Gizo, Western province.
He was accompanied by two priests from Rome and Bishop Luciano Capelli sdb of the Diocese of Gizo.
WAGINA community in Choiseul province has been blessed with a new community hall (Te Manbaea) which was officially opened on Sunday the 14th of January.
The Te Maneaba known as the Holy Family Maneaba was about 40 meters in length and 20 meters wide was built since 2016.
The solemn ceremony commenced with the Eucharistic Mass celebration were a church elder has the opportunity to translate bishop's homily to the community.
Bishop Capelli’s message was focused on helping the children and in his message he challenged the community to examine the past, and more came to realize and identified some of their prioritized areas which turn to neglect the children.
The Bishop congratulated the community and the parish priest for the beautiful community hall, and asked them to use the Maneaba in planning for the betterment for the children.
After the Mass, parishioners witnessed the cutting of the ribbon (Opening of the Maneaba) by Bishop Capelli assisted by Fr. Stanis, Fr. Rueben and a Parish priest from Noro.
This was followed by meals, entertainments, and speeches.
During night program the parish priest, Fr. Stanislaus Mynt from Burma thanked the community, the families, organizations, and companies who financially supported the construction of the hall which cost them nearly half a million.
The PP Fr. Stanis also revealed to the community the many developments the Diocese has contributed to especially the Church building which more than a million dollars.
But Fr. Stanis stated that the Diocese never contributed to the Maneaba but he challenged the community to tolerate bishop two separate challenging messages; where the bishop asked to look forward to the better education for the children.
The flying bishop left afternoon on board his small seaplane, but the program continued till 5am morning next day.
A 50ft steel-hulled vessel which was purchased by our bishop in 2015 thanks to many benefactors who made it possible has arrived from New Zealand on Christmas day. Once in service in the diocese of Gizo, the GALILEE ship will operate between the Western Province and the Choiseul Province, providing transport for people and goods, serving the schools, health centers, pastoral activities and the parishes with project activities.
Ongoing assistance requires training local people with the skills to operate the vessel and maintain it, as well as management to ensure that its operating costs are sustainable.
About 12 tribe chiefs of Voruvoru area within North Choiseul have agreed and signed a document to offer a portion of their land to the Catholic Church for the development of a new center where a structure will be built and human resources involved.
The goal of the center to be built and run will be the bringing of the community together to dream and plan for the realization of their dreams.
The young generations, in particular, will be assisted and formed for a better future through health and education programs, religious instruction, cultural encounters, recreational facilities, and opportunities.
The dreams are big, the land is small but enough to start with…. for sure more can be invested as time and dreams will also grow. It will be all depend on the ability of the community to learn from the past and sacrifice for a better future.
One of the members said, “God forgive us when all our dreams are have become true because they were too small… Voruvoru dreams are big; we wish all the goodwill they need to be one in mind and heart and to remain committed when the going will be tough”
The formal signing of the agreement followed by the groundbreaking ceremony with all speeches from chiefs was indeed a great occasion witnessed by the large crowd of people who enjoyed singing and dancing with the local pan pipers.
The night was very peaceful followed by the Solemn Confirmation liturgy with 93 candidates.
The Catholic community of Voruvoru will be the 7th parish to enjoy a new church and facilities attached to it in the post-tsunami reconstruction program of the diocese of Gizo, badly hit by the disaster of April 2, 2007.
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.