year many things have happened. On June the 25th, we had the
exhumation of the remains of Archbishop Aleine de Boismenu. The remains are now
kept in the church at Kubuna.
came and braved the wet conditions to be together on this occasion. The Nuncio
Archbishop Adolfo Tito C. Yllana, the provincial superior of the MSC, Fr Edward
Mellie MSC, the OLSH Sisters provincial, Sis Catharine and the mother general
of the AD sisters were there to. It was an opportunity, for people from the
near by Kuni and Mekeo villages to be part of the occasion.
On the 30th
of June our business manageress of our Dioceses left to return home to Australia, she has given much of
her time in helping to build our dioceses in the services she gave. She will be
well remembered for all she did for us. About the same time Fr Justin Ratsi
left us to take his new appointment in the dioceses of Bougenvile. In his time
with use he was the Parish Priest of St. Vincent, Kanosia, as well as being
Chaplin to the youths in the dioceses. He was well liked by the people young
and old. He worked tirelessly to build the local church and began also
the new church building of St. Vincents Parish. Fr Tino took his place and is
continuing the good works. Br Leonard a member of the Marist community at St Vincent’s, has left the diocese
to take up his new appointment in Fiji.
Fleming MSC has arrived to join the staff at the Aleine De Boismenu Diocesan
Pastoral Centre. He has taken over the work as pastoral co-ordinator in the
diocese. Fr Roger is pastoral Vicar and leads the diocese renewal program. Sis
Veronica AD has joined the team at Kubuna also.
We had a
destructive fire, at Mainohana Secondary School in late April. The
school lost a lot of valuable office equipment and records that will be
expensive to replace. This has made it very difficult for the school to
function effectively. Despite the damage caused, the school continues to
provide there essential services despite the difficulties. There is a
plan to re-build the administration block at the school, but this will need the
support of all communities in the dioceses. So far we have the support from our
friends, the Del asale Brothers and the students in
there schools. May I stress here that we will require the local contribution
from all communities for the benefit of our children. This fire came as a sign
telling us that moral responsibility in our community is vital for our future
into the diocese a young Irishman, Marius Stanley who arrived in November. Marius
will be helping in the diocesan office with various administrations. We are
happy that he will be with us for this time. Br Rene has given his tentative
plan to return here on January the 7th, he will be administrative manager here
at Bereina House.
has recovered from the accident and has returned to Ononge Parish. Fr Bell is
recuperating in Sydney from were he will be travelling home to France for his
long awaited retirement after fifty years in Papua New Guinea he will be surely
ending we will have a number of Sisters leaving the Diocese, to take up other
appointments, they are sister; Sr Marietta Mararang, Sr Freda Saura, Sr Cecilia
Malaise, and Sr Mary Angela Lelemai. We would like to thank them for there
fruitful contribution in building our local church. We pray that God may
continue to bless them in their future ministry.
Two of our
Seminary students will be ordained deacons on the 18th of December, at Bereina
Cathedral. They are Alan Efi and Paul Arua.
We pray for
a spirt filled Christmas season, with blessings for all.
† John Ribat msc
Bishop of Bereina