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Thanksgiving mass for CTI Affiliation with University of Santo Tomas.

Bomana, Port Moresby: “This affiliation involved a lot of dedicated people, some are still here and others have already passed, and so let us thank God for this milestone.”


This heartfelt gratitude was expressed by his excellency Archbishop Cardinal Sir John Ribat MSC during the Catholic Theological Institute of Papua New Guinea thanksgiving mass for their recent Affiliation with the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines.


The staff, seminarians, and some religious nuns all gathered and celebrated this recent affiliation. This means that graduates from CTI will now be awarded a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the University of Santo Tomas. The mass was presided by Cardinal John Ribat MSC and Bishop Rolando Santos CM of Alotau who delivered the Homily.


At the beginning of the mass, the chairman of CTI’s Governing council, Bishop Donald Lippert OFM read the decree from the Dicastery of Culture and Education which also announced the Affiliation of the Catholic Theological Institute with the University of Santo Tomas.


Bishop Lippert also commended the students for not giving up in their formation, and he also said this mass wouldn’t have been made possible if it wasn’t for all the people behind this achievement like Brandon Zimmerman and Fr Joseph Vnuk OP to name a few.


His Excellency Cardinal Ribat also added that this affiliation was a long process for years and it is now a result of dedication, commitment, and hard work so we must give thanks to God.


Bishop Santos also expressed the same sentiment in his homily, he said that “we must thank God for his magnificence. Without him we can do nothing. It was his spirit that touched certain people, gave them strength and the patience and now we are celebrating”.


“This affiliation is more than just affiliating with the University of Santo Tomas. In order to produce great priests who will serve the good of the church and the people, they have to be properly formed and trained through this affiliation. This affiliation will produce magnificent priests for the church here in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.” Shared Bp Santos.


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