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Biography of Mgr Susitino Sionepoe sm
His studies of philosophy in 1985-1986, and theology from 1988 to 1993 were interrupted by a year of military service in 1987, at Pointe Chaleix in Nouméa, as a sailor on Jacques Cartier, a year of novitiate at Tutu, in 1989 , Fiji, and one year internship in the northern community in 1991. On November 28, 1993, he was ordained a Marist priest in Wallis, on behalf of the Province of Oceania.
After his ordination he spent two years (94 and 95) in the kingdom of Tonga as vicar at Nuku'alofa, then at Houma. In 1996 he arrived in New Caledonia, where he served in the Northern Community as a referent priest of Pouébo (1996-2000), then Koumac (2000-mid 2005), and from 2001 Moderator of the parishes of the North entrusted to the Marists. From mid-2005 to mid-2006, he attended a "Year of Formation in Ministries" (AFM) at the Catholic Institute of Paris. Upon his return, he joined the Southern Community. Named referent priest of La Conception, from mid-2006 to the end of 2011, he magnificently restored the church of the Immaculate Conception. In 2008, he was appointed Moderator of Southern Parishes entrusted to the Marists.