Port Moresby: Dynamic staff of the Catholic Bishops Conference PNGSI had all the reason to be excited as they took part in the launch of their new look uniforms and the blessing of two new vehicles.
The special ceremony held on Monday 7th March 2022, at the CBC Centre Waigani, also had present members of the Central Committee, President of CBCPNGSI and Archbishop of Madang, Anton Bal; Archbishop Douglas Young SVD of Madang; Bishop of Mendi, Donald Lippert OFM Cap; Bishop Otto Separy of Bereina; and Fr Giorgio Licini PIME, General Secretary of CBC.
Before the commencement of the launch, an opening prayer was given by Eileen Lala, Assistant to the National Catholic Education Secretary. The launch, facilitated by Media Officer of CBC, Jessica Oata, had staff modelling two basic uniform types, a Professional Workwear and a locally designed Pacific Toana Wear, for both male and female, employed in the various divisions and commissions of CBC.
Following the exhibition of the professional workwear, a final blessing of the uniforms and staff was made by Abp Bal. In his prayer, Abp Bal made a special request for “God to guide and work graciously alongside staff of CBC as they worked together with the Catholic Church to fulfil its mission of teaching the faith of Jesus Christ.”
The blessing of a brand-new white Nissan Urvan 15-seater Bus, and a grey Toyota 4WD Land Cruiser, was given by Abp Young, in the parking lot of the CBC Centre.
National Catholic Education Secretary, Michael Ova, said “The uniforms have a fresh new look to it and this made it very appealing to look at.”
The uniforms included the Toana Wear, Officer Wear for males and females, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Wear for Maintenance, Kitchen, Public Area Attendants and Housekeeping, 3 vests with logo embroidery for the religious sisters to be issued later, lanyards and face masks.
Apart from staff of CBC, 18 Bishops will also receive the Toana wear. The design on the Toana Wear was creatively done by CBC Social Communications Officer, Abigail Seta.
Fr Giorgio gave the closing prayer that formally brought to a close the two special ceremonies. Light refreshments were served afterward that had staff of CBC gratefully indulge themselves in.