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New Priest Ordained into SVD Order

Port Moresby: “Kamap lait na brukim tudak blong sin na opim ai blong ol manmeri na ol tu bai ken save long rot igo long kingdom bilong God,” saidArchbishop of Mt Hagen, Douglas Young SVD, as he encouraged newly ordained SVD Priest, Rex Andrew Dokta.

More than a thousand people flocked in to witness the special priestly ordination on Thursday 19th January 2023, at Tiling Komkul of St Paul’s Parish, in the Archdiocese of Mt Hagen, Western Highlands Province. Present for the ceremony were SVD Provincial Superior PNG, Father Joseph Orathinkal; Fr John Ryan SVD, former Chaplain of Divine Word University; Priests and Religious; Deacons and Seminarians; families and friends; and media personnel from Trinity FM and Radio Maria PNG.

The ordination was guided by theme, ‘I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service,’ taken from Timothy 1:12

Abp Young in his homily, reflected on the aspect of ‘Salt and Light’ and urged young Fr Rex to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to all areas of society. “Nau yumi stap long taim we igat planti tudak na ol pipol blong yumi faul long gutpla rot krais ibin lainim yumi long em. Kamap olsem sol na lait na bringim olgeta dispela manmeri igo long kingdom bilong Papa God,” he said.

Fr Rex recalled how his journey of becoming a priest wasn’t easy but reminded the faithful gathered to always put God before any and all challenges in order to succeed. “It was a long and hard road filled with so many challenges especially when my dad passed because he was very supportive and it was his dream for me to be ordained here in Komkui. I thank God for seeing me through,” he stated.

Chairman of the Ordination’s Organizing Committee, Mr Christopher Philip, congratulated the newly ordained Priest, and thanked the Catholic church for calling their son, Rex Andrew, from Komkui to become an inspirational vessel of God.

Various exotic traditional dances were performed throughout by members from the archdiocese’s different outstations and parishes. The Choir group was led by Youth from St Paul’s Parish.

Fr Rex celebrated his first thanksgiving mass on 20th January, at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Rebiamul, with fellow brother Priests, Religious, and members from his Komkui Community. He will be later sent as a Missionary Priest to Kenya in Africa. The announcement was made by Fr. Joseph Orathinkal during the ordination.

He is the 24th Papua New Guinean SVD being ordained today.  Thursday 12th January, saw the ordination of Fr John Hal, at Kumin in the Diocese of Mendi and today another SVD Ordination in Mt. Hagen Archdiocese.

AD Congregation welcomes New Sisters

Port Moresby: “Let your lives be an inspiration to others and a beacon of hope that draws them closer to Christ,” was the encouragement given to three newly professed members of the AD Sisters Congregation.

The sentiment was made by His Eminence Cardinal Sir John Ribat MSC, Archbishop of Port Moresby, during a special eucharistic celebration held on Sunday 15th January 2023, at the Nazareth Annunciation Church of Laloki.

The religious all from Milne Bay Province were Maria Kawedidi, Rhonda Gwedi, and Anne Vite. Cardinal Ribat presided over the mass as its main celebrant, and concelebrating it were Fr Angelo Sanchez sdb; Fr Jeremiah Paraha; Fr Carroll Tovamle msc; and Deacon Augustine Karovi op. The mass had as its theme, ‘I am the Lord’s servant. May it happen to me as you have said. (Luke 1:38)’.

In his homily, Cardinal Ribat, reminded the nuns to always remember God in their lives and highlighted the importance of a strong prayer life. “Every person has a vocation designed by God for each of us. Just as Samuel answered the call of Yahweh, you too have been called by name, and you heard,” he said.

“Build a strong prayer life to closely follow and obey Him. Constantly remind yourself of God’s call in your life, so that you may draw strength, joy and faith in Him to live your lives confidently. Always remember the verse from John 15:16 ‘You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you’. Let your life be an inspiration to others and a beacon of hope that draws others closer to Christ, he added.

On behalf of them all, Sr Anne in her speech, extended her gratitude to everyone that helped and supported them throughout their journey. “We would like to extend our gratitude to our benefactors Mr and Mrs Orea, our fellow-sisters, and families who generously supported us especially financially in our formation training.,” she said

The ceremony had the religious profession of vows, where the sisters knelt in front of the altar with burning candles and pronounced their three Evangelical Vows’, the Vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience. All three later signed their vows on the altar as the Superior-General and Cardinal Ribat witnessed their signing in. The sacrament of communion followed before the final recession and taking of group photographs.

A week prior, the sisters attended an 8-Day Retreat from 5th – 12th January 2023, at the Nazareth House of Prayer. The program was facilitated by Fr Martin We-en, Director of Radio Maria PNG.

Choir and liturgy were presented by the AD Sisters and friends, whilst media coverage was provided by personnel from Radio Maria PNG.

Dear Readers,

Greetings of Peace of Christ be with you all.

Happy New Year! I hope the past few weeks have been a time of celebration and created cherished memories for you and your loved ones. As we embark on a new year, we would be wise to be guided by Mary, whose solemnity we celebrate on January 1 under the title of Mother of God.

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb.” (Luke 1:44)

Being the Mother of God, Mary serves as our powerful intercessor. With Her, may all of us start the New Year filled with hope that the grace of God will continue to nourish us, our families, and communities.

I wish you all a Properous New Year 2023.

Fr. Martin We-en

Port Moresby: Amidst the different darkness’s we encounter this festive season, let us remember and seek comfort in Jesus as our light this Christmas.

The inspirational message was delivered during a closing mass on Friday 23 December 2022, that commemorated Christmas at the Catholic Bishops Conference Centre in Waigani.

The special mass was celebrated by Fr Martin We-en, Director of Radio Maria PNG; and Fr Ambrose Pereira sdb, Social Communications Secretary of CBC.

Fr Martin described how it wasn’t easy for God to come down to Earth as a man and reminded faithful that this action signified His unwavering love and care for mankind.

“For God to become a human being was not easy because this meant forfeiting His divine Kingship Authority. The action he took was done to show his love and compassion for us, His Children,” he said.

In his emphasis on the importance of Christmas, Fr Ambrose, said that Christmas was a time to remember the birth and reason for the Christ-Child coming into the world during a time of great perplexity. “The centre of Christmas and reason for it is to remember the Christ-Child and his light shines brightly despite the many forms of darkness. The darkness is this spirit, and the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light, and this light is Christ,” he added.

Present at the eucharistic celebration were staff from CBC’s different commissions, Priests and Religious, media personnel from Radio Maria PNG, lay, youth, and children. The liturgy was facilitated by members of Christ the King Parish, Badili NCD.

Fr Victor Roche SVD, New Evangelization Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference PNGSI

Port Moresby: ‘The Synodal process is for all the Catholic faithful in the church. No one is excluded. Whether rich, poor, disabled, divorced, single mothers and fathers; All are welcome to journey together’ was the emphasis made by Bishops of the Catholic Church of Papua New Guinea during a recent press conference.

Held on Wednesday 21 December 2022, at the Catholic Bishops Conference Centre in Waigani. the conference was hosted by the New Evangelization Commission and had as its theme, ‘Synodality, Church journeying together in Communion, Participation and Mission.’ It was the culmination to a three-day workshop on Synodality held from 19 – 21 December, at CBC.

Presenting at the conference were Bishop of Bougainville, Dariusz Kaluza MSF; Bishop of Bereina, Otto Separy; New Evangelization Secretary, Fr Victor Roche SVD; and President of the Catholic Professionals Society PNG, Paul Harricknen.

Various aspects on synodality were raised that noted the role of the Catholic Church in PNGSI; importance of inclusiveness of all sections of Society and Church; and the need for more active involvement and participation of all.

Port Moresby: ‘Become a Champion and say ‘NO’ to drugs and friends who encourage drug abuse,’ was the statement left by three young female students after their live talk on the Voice-Up program of Radio Maria PNG.

The students were Felicia Giara, Second-Year student at the University of PNG undertaking her Bachelor in Pharmacy; Losavati Giara, Grade-Ten students attending Marianville Secondary School; and Bridgith Joe, Grade-Ten student from Laloki Secondary School.

Their talk on Saturday 12th November focused on the topic ‘Effects of Drugs on Youth’ and dwelled on various aspects from definition of drugs and why consumption of harmful drugs is dangerous; cause and rise of addictions; contributing factors driving young people toward consuming drugs; modern technology and its classification as a drug; effects of drug consumption at a young age; signs and symptoms of persons struggling with addictions; overcoming temptations of drugs; importance of helping and supporting those struggling to break the cycle of drug-use; ending with a strong and affirmative call to parents and adults.

Port Moresby: The Secretary for New Evangelization, Fr. Victor Roche SVD, live with a presentation and discussion on CBCPNGSI Conference Pastoral Plan.

Port Moresby: AD Sisters Closing Holy Mass for their annual retreat at Nazareth, Archdiocese of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Port Moresby: Religious Nuns from the Daughters of Mary Immaculate with Women from Moresby-South at the Radio Maria studio to talk about their experience and skills in tailoring through DMI.

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