Retreat for PGS confreres 7-7-2017       article

Celebrating the first anniversary of the PGS vice-province
-       Fr Ambrose Pereira sdb

The Vice-Province of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands (PGS) celebrated its First Anniversary on the 8th July, 2017 at the Franciscans Riverside Resort, 16 mile, Bomana.  The theme chosen was: ‘Men on Fire’, a fitting conclusion to the recently concluded inspiring and missionary motivating retreat.

The day was set aside to congratulate the jubilarians of the vice-province.  Fr. Valeriano Barbero, celebrates 50 years of Priestly Ordination was honoured, though he was away in Italy.  Fr Angelo Francesco Fazzini celebrates 50 years of religious profession while Fr. Alfred Maravilla, Fr. Ariel Macatangay and Fr Rogelio Miranda celebrate the Silver Jubilee of their Sacerdotal Ordination.  The Eucharist was presided over by Fr. Provincial at which he challenged the confreres to a radical and authentic life of joy and commitment.  The library room, soon to be filled with Salesian books and inspirational material was blessed.  A delicious meal and a variety of items, songs and party games then followed on the Provincial House rooftop.

Earlier in the day, the confreres and aspirants enjoyed each other’s company in lush green surroundings of the resort.  Football and volleyball were played by the different teams.  Some then settled to dominos, darts and cards, while the more adventurous ones dived and lapped around in the cool waters of the river.

Sincere thanks to Fr Dominic Kachira, vice-provincial and the aspirants of the Savio Haus for the organization and the coordination of the PGS Day.  May we be ‘Men on Fire' in our PGS vice-province!