Port Moresby: A spectacular Marian Motorcade was recently orchestrated in the Nation’s Capital by Catholic Youth from the Archdiocese of Port Moresby.
The eye-grabbing motorcade held on Saturday 29th October 2022, was facilitated by priests, religious, lay and youth of St Joseph’s Parish. At the helm steering the event were Acting Parish Priest of St Joseph, Fr John Auram CP; Port Moresby Archdiocese Youth Animator, Sr Agnes Eugene OND; and Hermione Soweni, St Joseph Youth Events Coordinator.
Going by the theme ‘Walking with Mary our model with and salt and light in the world’, the motorcade had the participation of more than 200-youth from parishes in the Archdiocese that engaged the use of more than 50-vehicles.
Commencing at 5am and ending at noon, the six-hour program had the Marian statue taken from Boroko, Sabama, Badili, Ela Beach, Downtown, Konedobu, Hohola, Tokarara, Ensisi, Gerehu, Morata, 9-Mile Bomana, before returning back to St Joseph’s parish.
Residents in the city were captivated by vehicles carrying the statue of Mary accompanied by the chanting of prayers and singing of hymns by young people. Throughout the motorcade, recitational prayers for peace and protection from Blessed Mother were made on behalf of the city, its residents and themselves.
A special eucharistic mass and crowning of the blessed virgin Mary was celebrated by Fr John and concelebrated by Fr Pedro Sachitula sdb, Rector of Don Bosco Technical Secondary School, Gabutu; Fr Martin We-en, Director of Radio Maria PNG; Fr Bruce Kupi, Pastoral Vicar; and Deacon Justin Purusi. The Archdiocese Catholic Youth Council (ACYC) raffle ticket draw and Marian Quiz were both held afterward.
Sr Agnes described in a letter addressed to Radio Maria PNG, that the spiritual activity expressed their joy and faith in God through the blessed virgin Mary.