August 2018

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CONFERENCE OF MAJOR SUPERIORS OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS : Assembly 2018

CMSPI 2018 InPixio

The outgoing Apostolic Nuncio for New Zealand and the Pacific, Archbishop Martin Krebs, together with Archibishop Peter Loy Chong, and Bishop Ghillain Rassily sm of Wallis and Futuna, opened the 2018 Assembly of the Confrence of the Major Superiors of the Pacific Islands (CMSPI) with the Eucharist on Tuesday 7th August. The Assembly was held in the Pacific Regional Seminary, Suva, for 3 days. The THEME was a continuation of the 2017 theme: LAUDATO SI, CARE FOR CREATION. Archbishop Peter Loy of the Archdiocese of Suva together with the Professor of Marine Studies in the University of the South Pacific, Dr Joeli Veitayaki, and Fr Dr Donato Kivi sm of Marist College, were the main facilitators. The resounding message: CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME IS URGENT. The awareness time is done. Now is the time to ACT. Challenges were laid down and taken up to announce it in religious communities lifestyle, in taking up active leadership roles in caring for our common home in parishes, schools, families, and places of ministries. CMSPI was further challenged to be Voices in denouncing injustices and unjust systems that are contributing to the current ecological crisis.

The Apostolic Nuncio was also farewelled by CMSPI as he leaves to take up his new post in Uruguay.

 

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CMSPI OPENING EUCHARIST: Archbishop Peter Chong, Archbishop Martin Krebs (Nuncio), Bishop Ghillain de Rasilly. CMSPI participants singing the Fijian farewell song "ISA LEI" for the Nuncio, Archbishop Martin Krebs.
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Dr Joeli Veitayaki leading the replanting of the Mangrove and the cleaning of rubbish in the seafront of PRS. Fr Dr Donato Kivi sm showing to the CMSPI participants what they can do in response to the ecological crisis through permaculture, composting and building using soil only.
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Bishop Ghillain and Vicar Provincial, Milikiade Rayalu collecting their share of the  rubbishes. Fr Donato explaining the process of permaculture.
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Sr Patiola Molia soln, secretary of CMSPI adding her bit to the clean-up. Bishop Ghillain with some of the CMSPI participants resting after a good morning's work. The Fijian participants in CMSPI performing an item for the rest.
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20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE OMP 30-DAY RETREAT MISSION

 

Retreat Group 2018
PARTICIPANTS & DIRECTORS OF THE 30-DAY RETREAT IN ASHRAM, FIJI from 12 August to 12 September 2018

CONGRATULATIONS!!! 20th ANNIVERSARY OF OMP THIRTY-DAY RETREAT

Twelve retreatants from Papua New Guinea, Solomons Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji Islands and Tonga arrived at Khrist Jyoti Ashram in Nadroga, Fiji on 4th August to begin the Orientation Program before entering into the 30 days retreat with the Spiritual Exercises (12th August – 12th September). This year is the 20th consecutive year in which Oceania 30 Days, a ministry of Oceania Marist Province, has presented the Spiritual Exercises.

VISION

To contribute "to the building up and to the deepening of the Local Church through a profound encounter with the person of Jesus".

MISSION

To offer the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

ORIGIN

This ministry had its genesis in a conversation in 1998 around a kava bowl at Marist Training Center Tutu, between Fr. Michael McVerry and Fr. Michael Fitzgerald. The novices at that time were away from the Lura Novitiate for their 30 days ‘village experience’. It was the emptiness of the novitiate for those 30 days that gave rise to the possibility of Marists offering the Spiritual Exercises in the Pacific, particularly targeting the leadership of the Local Churches. A six week program was developed with the help of NZ Marists Bryan Montgomery and Allan Jones. There were difficulties in the early years with the (ethnic) Tensions in the Solomons and coup d’etat problems in Fiji. OMP Provincials Paul Donoghue and Ben McKenna encouraged the work and a grant from Missio enabled us to keep the retreat fees within the reach of diocesan clergy, religious and laity (FJD650 for the 6 weeks). This has been unchanged over the 20 years.

THE PAST 20 YEARS

Over the past 20 years we have had 251 retreatants: 85 Diocesan clergy, 46 lay leaders, 45 Diocesan Religious, 48 other religious and 27 Marists. About 95% of the retreatants come from Melanesia. Besides Michael McVerry and Michael Fitzgerald, Marists such as Larry Hannan, Lewis Henry, Kevin McGuire, Isaia Wairoga, Mrs. Lani Tatini, Marist sisters Eamon Brosnan and Torika Wong and particularly diocesan Fr. Sulio Turagaiviu (Suva) have also given generous and valuable service as retreat directors.