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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 10:52

Tearful Farewell in Kutubu

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Young men in traditional attire sing at Fr Peter's farewell. Young men in traditional attire sing at Fr Peter's farewell. Father Peter Seo, KMS

"It was like a funeral for the people; they were really crying ... and so was I."

 These are words from Father Peter Seo, who had served many years as parish priest of Holy Family Pastoral Area, Lake Kutubu, SHP.  He recently celebrated his final holy Mass at the parish and many people came to say thank you and good-bye to this zealous priest.  People of all ages, many in traditional attire came from every corner of this picturesque district of the Southern Highland of Papua New Guinea, on the shores of majestic Lake Kutubu.  Father Peter is from Korea and is a member of the Korean Missionary Society, which has sent missionaries to Mendi (and Madang) for many years now.

Father Peter is known as a very kind and hardworking priest who is always attentive to the needs of his people.  He has a constant smile and endless patience.  He is the only priest that needs a motorboat to travel to his outstations in the mountainous Diocese of Mendi.  Wasami and Yo'obo are islands rising out of the calm waters of beautiful Lake Kutubu.  Countless parishioners, visibly moved by the occasion, and obviously profoundly grateful for Fr Peter's ministry over the past years put together a touching program to express their admiration, gratitude and love.  Father Peter too was touched by their sincere expressions of friendship and appreciation.  

The good news is that he will be moving to a parish that is not too far from Lake Kutubu.  He has already taken up his new position as parish priest of Saint Martin of Tours Parish, Pomberel.  And, following in his footsteps at Holy Family Pastoral Area is a confrere of the Korean Missionary Society, Fr Peter Kim, who has been named by Bishop Donald as new parish priest.  Father Peter Kim had just completed an assignment as parochial vicar of Saint Fidelis Parish in Nipa.

Let us pray for the people of Kutubu and Pomberel as they welcome their new parish priests... and let's not forget to pray that God will bless the Father Peter Seo and Father Peter Kim as they take up their new ministries in the vineyard of the Lord.  Finally, let us pray that God will call many young men and women to serve as priests, consecrated religious, catechists and lay ministers.

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