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- Published: Monday, 17 December 2018 23:41
PNG NATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CONVENTION
The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart was the first religious congregation to be entrusted with the mission to Papua New Guinea. The French went to Yule Island/ Bereina, the Germans to New Britain, the Australians to Eastern Papua, the Americans to New Ireland/ Kavieng, Irish missionaries as well. Many Brothers and priests, OLSH and MSC Sisters, Lay Missionaries went to PNG. Several MSC were the first bishops of the new dioceses. There is also an MSC PNG Province.
Cardinal John Ribat of Port Moresby and Bishop Rochus Tatamai (who moved this year from Bereina) participated in the Convention.
Now there are many religious congregations in service in PNG. They and the different dioceses had representatives in Rabaul for the Convention.
There was a pilgrimage to the tomb of catechist Peter To Rot (Bishop Rochus his nephew).
Vunapope, Rabaul: The Catholic Bishops Conference (CBC) in partnership with the Archdiocese of Rabaul officially opened the National Youth Convention (NYC) on Saturday, 8th December 2018, Feast of the Immaculate Conception at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Vunapope, Rabaul. It has as its theme: Called to the fullness of Life and Love.
260 young people representing the different dioceses in the country gathered at Vunapope, East New Britain province to participate at this time of prayer, reflection and growth in faith.
Archbishop Francisco Panfilo SDB, Archbishop of Rabaul was the main celebrant at the Opening Eucharistic celebration. Bp Rochus Tatamai MSC; Bp Peter Baquero SDB; Bp Rolando Santos CM and twenty priests concelebrated at the Eucharist.
In his homily he touched on:
1. Gods loving power to make us holy,
2. A provident God who gives us the necessary qualities for our mission and
3. Nothing is impossible with God. He reminded the young people of the Fathers dream for each one of them and that they should not lose hope and entangle themselves in drugs, violence, sexual interaction and the like.
The participants were welcomed at a colourful ceremony with the National Flag and province flags being carried by flag bearers of the host diocese. Bp Peter Baquero SDB opened the Convention. Each diocese presented their logo and slogans and artistically designed banners accompanied by young people in traditional attire. It was their expression of what the theme means to them. A whip dance was among the items presented. Traditional gifts and tokens of welcome were presented to the guests and the different diocesan groups.
In speaking to the young people, Bp Rochus Tatamai MSC, encouraged the young people to live as Mary did. He said, “You have this privileged time to discern, seek counsel and take the right decision for your lives. Do not distort the temple of the body of Christ”.
The highlights of the program include: the celebration of Life – celebrating the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation and preparing young people for the Sacrament of Marriage. The Pilgrimage will give us the opportunity to visit the important sites of the birth, martyrdom and death of Bl. Peter ToRot. An important session will be the challenge to take on the pledge to ‘live pure’ until marriage.
The National Youth Convention concluded on Thursday, 12th December with a Thanksgiving mass.
The participants of the National Youth Convention (NYC) 2018 went on a pilgrimage to Rakunai, the home of Blessed Peter To Rot on Monday, 10th December 2018.
The pilgrimage saw 260 plus young men and ladies visit Bl. Peter Torot’s (1912-1945) birth place, his burial site and the basilica that is dedicated to him. Journeying with the young people were John Cardinal Ribat MSC, Archbishop of Port Moresby; Bp Rochus Tatamai MSC, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands; Bp Rolando Santos CM, Bishop of Alotau and Bp Pedro Baquero SDB, Bishop of Kerema.
A few kilometres away from the Basilica of Bl. Peter ToRot is Taunga, his birth place. They witnessed a customary welcome from the villagers of Rakunai. Following this, the pilgrims were then led to the cave at Vunaiara. It was here that Bl. Peter was held prisoner and martyred for the Faith. Bp Rochus Tatamai then gave a brief history of how he died.
The young people then walked to Basilica of Bl. Peter ToRot. Welcoming them at the basilica with a customary welcome was the Rabaul deanery. The Bishops, priests and the diocesan youth male coordinators received a first-hand taste of the ‘whip dance.’
At the packed Basilica the participants received materials and an in-depth history of Bl. Peter ToRot, man of the soil who has lived his life of zeal and dedication. His proclamation of the faith and commitment to live a monogamous marriage upset the Japanese. This resulted in his martyrdom.
The Eucharistic was celebrated by Bp. Rochus Tatamai, MSC. In his homily, he spoke on the life Bl. Peter ToRot and touched on vocations to priesthood, religious life and the single life. “The life of Bl Peter ToRot was down to earth. As a child he was very humble and holy. His life must inspire you to pray, sing and share with others. Be companions on a journey,” said Bp. Rochus. “Do something worthwhile with your life,” the bishop continued. The liturgy was animated by the Rakunai male choir and the St. Augustine’s string band.
After the Eucharist, there was presentation of gifts to the dioceses from the different parishes in the Rabaul deanery. The program for the day concluded with a sight-seeing tour. The group visited Matupit, the site where the first three missionaries of the Sacred Heart arrived on 29th September, 1884. Across the bay they were able to get a view of Mt Tavurvur an active volcano. The group then visited Rabaul.
The day concluded with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Many young people spent time in silence and prayer. It was a nice opportunity to reflect on their lives, pray for themselves and their future and make their peace with God and hear the words, “Go in Peace’.