On Saturday, 8th May, Cardinal John Ribat, Archbishop of Port Moresby, ordained three of our brothers as deacon. Pictured above after the ordination mass are Br Harvey Ngatukolo (who took the other photographs on the day), Rev. Br Osborne Bunn, OP, Cardinal Ribat, Rev. Br Kasimiro Tawo, OP, and Rev Br Augustine Karovi, OP. Brothers Osborne and Augustine are from Bougainville, PNG, Br Kasimiro from Makira in the Solomon Islands. Click here to see many more photos. Congratulations, brothers!
On Friday, 22nd May, the Apostolic Nuncio to PNG and Solomon Islands, His Excellency Archbishop Michael Banach, did us the honour of visiting us for Vespers and dinnner.
Unfortunately we have no pictures of the liturgy - we were too busy praying! - but we began with the traditional Dominican welcome to a papal representative, offering him the Gospels to kiss, and the holy water with which to sprinkle the brothers while we sang - in this case, the traditional Dominican Regina Caeli (below).
Then followed sung Vespers (in English, mostly, with simple tones for the psalms, as we sing every evening), and the Rosary.
After prayers, we enjoyed a fine meal of baked fish and vegetables:
After dinner, the Nuncio shared a little about himself and his dual role - representing the Holy See as an ambassador to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, and representing the Holy Father to the bishops and the Church in these two countries. He answered many challeging and thoughtful questions from the brothers in a very open and direct manner.
Finally, we sang together the antiphon to St Dominic, O Lumen Ecclesiae.
A most enjoyable and educative experirence for us all!
Above you can see traditional dancers from Walis Island, East Sepik Province, celebrating outside Christ the King Cathedral, Wewak, where Fr Joseph was ordained on Saturday, 21st February, 2015, by Archbishop Stephen Reichert, OFMCap, who is currently Apostolic Administrator of Wewak. In the gallery below are more pictures of this happy occasion. Fr Joseph's first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated on Walis Island on Tuesday.
On Sunday 25th January, 33-year-old Brother Osborne Bunn - born in Buka, in Bougainville - made his Solemn Profession (his perpetual vows) in the Dominican Order. The ceremony took place in the MSC chapel, just up the hill from our place, because our own chapel could not accommodate all attending. Our thanks to Fr Gerard Savian and the MSCs for their hospitality!
Here are a few photos from the Mass and subsequent celebrations. The Dominican Rite of Solemn Profession is unusual in its sober simplicity: there is no litany of the saints, no "consecration" of the professed by the priest. Rather, the act of making profession itself is considered to be what consecrates the professed to God.
Brother Osborne is, according to custom, wearing the full habit of the Order, with the black capuce and cappa.
"I, Brother Osborne Bunn, make profession, and I promise obedience to God, and to Blessed Mary, and to Blessed Dominic ...and to you ... in place of Brother Bruno Cadoré, Master of the Friars Preachers, according to the Rule of Blessed Augustine and the Constitutions of the Friars Preachers, that I will be obedient to you and your successors until death."
As usual, we enjoyed a splendid dinner to honour our Saviour's Birth. After Midnight Mass and Morning Mass at McGregor Barracks (where we are chaplains), we were joined by brothers from various communities - Capuchins, Mariannhill, MSC, John of God Brothers and Marists - as well as a lay employee of CTI for a nice dinner. A surprise visitor was Lucy George - you can read about her in a previous post - with a couple of her children. I hope everyone reading this had just as happy a celebration!
Some of our brothers - though not identified as religious - appeared on the front page of the 'Post Courier' yesterday, along with some of the Marists. A scan is attached. Among those pictured (L-R) are Paul Cheka OP, Humphrey Leo'i SM, Peter Puamae SM, Harvey Ngatulolo OP, Osborne Bunn OP (in red cap), and, on the extreme right playing the pan pipes, Kasimiro Tawo OP.
Here you can see some of the community celebrating Christmas Dinner. Many have donned funny hats, and I am letting off one of those explosive sqabs that shoot streamers over the table. We had pumpkin soup, chicken, ham, rice, salad, and a traditional Christmas pudding with brandy sauce. I had as much fun doing the cooking as eating it - well, almost!
Fr Martin Wallace has been assigned to Dominican College since February, 2009.