News - 2008
Brother Daniel Komota of the PNG Province died on Thursday December 18th of an asthma attack. He was a novice at Haruro and the brothers there were able to get him to hospital but it was too late for successful treatment. Daniel was admitted as a novice in 2007, then away for a period, and readmitted in October 2008. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
Martin celebrated his 50th anniversary of priestly ordination on December 21st; and Derek 50 years since his ordination as deacon on December 19th
Lynne was ordained priest in San Francisco on December 6th.
Samson Gapu and Christopher Gegeo made their profession in first vows on November 23rd.
Colin Velei made his first profession on November 30th.
Elizabeth OSC died October 22nd at Ker Maria care home where she has been for the past three years because of her dementia.
Ministers Provincial for the newly formed Pacific provinces are:
Province of the Solomon Islands - George;
Papua New Guinea Province - Laurence Hauje.
James Andrew made his profession in first vows on September 29th in Brisbane.
Philip Etobae made his life profession on August 17th, at his village in Laudari, PNG. Also in PNG Colin Velei's profession is set for November 30th. New novices admitted in June were Lindsay Ijiba, Roy Tatopi, Rhoy Wadidika,John Gai, John Sanana,and Willbert. Peter Kevin who left some years ago has come back again and been readmitted as a novice for a year.
Philip Bishop was admitted as a novice on August 15, 2008 at Hilfield, taking the name of Cuthbert.
The Annual Franciscan Lecture was given by Colin Wilfred, on the subject, "Repair My House"
Philip Bishop is to be admitted as a novice on August 15, 2008 at Hilfield, taking the name of Cuthbert.
Matthew Emerson will be admitted as a novice on September 21, 2008, also at Hilfield.
Lynne was ordained deacon in June.
Joseph made his profession in first vows at Stroud on June 24, 2008.
Lynne has been elected to life profession - this is to take place on July 3, 2008, at St. Aidan's Parish in San Francisco.
During the Province of the Americas SSF Chapter, Eric Michael was professed on May 7; and Jailton was admitted as a novice on May 6, taking the name of James.
Jennie died on April 5th after a short time of having been diagnosed with cancer.
Jude has been re-elected Minister Provincial of the Province of the Americas, SSF.
Fr Max Mizzi, OFM Conv, died in early March. He had been a friar of the Sacro Convento in Assisi and was a pioneer in ecumenical Franciscan relations from the early 60's when he first met some of our brothers. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.