- Nigel Akuani
HARIM Singaut bilong Holi Spirit
Learn to Listen to the Holy Spirit
Mingende, Simbu Province: “Harim singaut bilong Holi Spirit. Let us learn to ‘LISTEN’ and let the Holy Spirit guide us in all our works of Evangelisation,” said Bishop Dariusz Kaluza MSF, of the Diocese of Bougainville, after officially declaring open the 3RD General Assembly (GA) of the Catholic Church of PNG&SI.
The declaration was made by Bp Kaluza on the evening of Thursday 21st April 2022, in the Fr Stanislaus Auditorium of St Mary’s Technical School, as he formed part of the panel to moderate the assembly’s progression. Forming part of the panel were Dame Jean Kekedo; Fr Andrew Moses, Vicar-General of the Diocese Daru-Kiunga; and Fr Victor Roche SVD, Head of the GA Organising Committee and New Evangelisation Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference PNG&SI.
Present for the declaration were more than a hundred delegates from around the 19-Dioceses of the country. They were Bishops, Priests and Religious, Secretaries from CBCPNG&SI, Church Leaders and Coordinators, Lay, Youth, Chaplains, support staff, and Catholic Communications officers.
In his description of the General Assembly, Bp Kaluza referenced Pope Francis’ message of ‘Communion and Caring Together’, and said that it was about walking and journeying together in our Catholic faith through communion and participation. “The GA is an occasion to review old and propose new Conference Pastoral Plans for better formation efforts of evangelization in the Catholic Church. But it also marks and stands on the behalf of all Christians throughout PNG,” he said.
“We are the Church alive in Christ and we need to recognize our mission and calling from God. Each person has a unique role set apart by God to serve and build the living Body of Christ, and we all have a due diligence to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us on the spiritual path intended for in our lives. It is through Jesus Christ that each of us are granted the anointing to become Prophets, Priests, and Kings standing up tall for the kingdom and glory of God,” he stated.
Dame Kekedo expressed her privilege to be attending the assembly and extended her appreciation to Archbishop of Mt Hagen, Douglas Young SVD, for the invitation. “Thank you Abp Young and all the Bishops for having considered me to partake in this very important program of planning and building the Conference Pastoral Plan for our Catholic Church and its faith,” she said.