It has taken two years, much blood, sweat and tears, but above all, it has taken much faith, hope and love to arrive at the big day in Bela, Upper Karinj: the blessing of their new church.
Hundreds of people from all over the Southern Highlands (and even a group of Huli dancers from Margarima) gathered at a picturesque mountaintop outstation of Saint Mary Parish, Kagua located in the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea for the blessing of Sacred Heart church.
It was worth it! A three and a half hour drive, an hour walk and a half hour march to the lively beat of the kundu drum to arrive at Porondaka, a remote village of St Joseph Parish, Margarima.
The face of God's mercy was revealed to inmates at Bui Yebi Prison at a recent Holy Mass and celebration. The Missionary of Charities and Sr Paulus Maria, FSDP have a weekly ministry at the prision.
After a grueling three-day walk, over 150 pilgrims from Saint Clare of Assisi Parish in Ialibu arrived in Mendi. They were the first Jubliee of Mercy pilgrims to arrive at the Holy Door that was blessed at Mary, Mother of the Divine Shepherd Cathedral.
Father Alberto Dawas is a diocesan priest from the Diocese of Mbulu in Tanzania. He has come to the Diocese of Mendi as a missionary. Recently he was officially installed by Bishop Don as parish priest of Saint Joseph Church, Ekari in the Upper Mendi area of the Southern Highlands Province.
Joining the festive celebration were Fr Jonathan Williams, OFM Cap., superior of the Capuchins in Papua New Guinea; Fr Wolfgang Pisa, OFM Cap., provincial minister of the Capuchins in Tanzania and hundreds of parishioners from Saint Joseph
The Diocese of Mendi has unveiled the logo that will be used for the Golden Jubilee of the diocese which was launched (a few days early) on 4 November 2015. The Diocese of Mendi was established 15 November 1966 - together with several other Papua New Guinea dioceses.
In the October 2015 issue of Tokaut Newsletter (in Tok Pisin) you can read articles containing: remarks made by Bishop Donald at the Conference organized against Sorcery-related violence; Saint Joseph Tari Secondary School graduation; the blessing of a new priest house at Dabaraba; a beautiful human interest story of Anne Gambe Kuli from Irawi Parish; a story on the Missionaries of the Holy Family and much more.
Click on the link below to read the October 2015 issue of Tokaut Newsletter.
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People from across the wide expanse of the Diocese of Mendi gathered together at the Cathedral of Mother of the Divine Shepherd for a multi-layered celebration of joy upon joy.
In time for the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy, the Shrine of Divine Mercy, was recently dedicated by the Apostolic Nuncio to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, Archbishop Michael Banach in the Archdiocese of Mount Hagen.