SIARC (Solomon Island Association of Religious Congregations)

Gizo Diocese Chapter met at the newly completed Betania Formation Center (Jah Mountain Gizo) for a day of reflection and sharing on the last letter of Pope Francis on ‘Fratelli tutti’ (we are all brothers).
The first part of the morning was dedicated to better understanding the document and on a group discussion and sharing on the ‘clouds’ affecting us at World and National levels and how we could live the values of Solidary and universal brotherhood in our settings and how we join our resources and plan something good here in our country and in the local Church.

The Eucharistic celebration and renewal of commitment of the various congregation in fidelity to the charism of the Spirit given to each of them.
The afternoon was dedicated to a planning session for the whole group
What was peculiar is the composition of the group: it was composed of 15 members of the following 6 congregations:

2 Dominican priests, one brother and 3 Dominican sisters (From Loga and Gizo)
4 Visitation sisters (Nusabaruku’s social center and school)
2 Salesian (Don Bosco) sisters and one Salesian bishop (from Gizo St Peter Training Center)
2 Servants of charity (from the Noro Parish)

It was indeed revealing to realize that in this group all five continent and six major religious groups in the catholic church were represented: 2 from Europe, one from America, 7 from Oceania, 3 from Asia 2 from Africa

Indeed, the catholic Church in Gizo is breathing the spring wind of the Holy Spirit calling to fraternal solidarity and universal brotherhood.

Bp Luciano Capelli, sdb, Gizo


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Vanga Teacher’s College 17 commencement exercises

8 your ladies and three young men graduated today Nov 6 from VTC. In 17 years of dedication the College has trained more than 200 instructors for our RTCs. They are a gift of the Gizo Catholic Diocese to the Solomon Islands society to support the country in its efforts of Rural development.

The graduation was characterized by a strong sense of Joy and Gratitude to their staff who in spite of the covid pandemic fears have given their best to keep the school going and brought them to this goal in life.
You could sense a deep sense of solidarity and brotherhood, something more than mere happiness that comes from celebrated with sol brew or home brew.

The student representatives spoke of their commitment in response to this sense of gratitude, and are challenged to find a teaching position in an RTC for the year 2021.
When young people are motivated by real values that fulfill their life, they look serene, grateful and committed to be good Christians and Honest citizens.
The Gizo Diocese assures the RTC communities that the motivating force behind these 11 graduates is the Passion for service in God’s Kingdom committed to truth, justice and peace for development.

Their technology of teaching is adequate enough and will grow slowly through the years of experience but is their youthful enthusiasm and motivation which will contribute to nation building much more than their technology.
Attached are some pictures from the graduation ceremony of Nov 6, 2020.


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Saint John Bosco School in the Shortlands has graduated about 70 students in the ninth ceremony in its History.

  • The PRIMARY SCHOOL school was built at the very beginning of the station by the Marist Fathers missionaries from Bouganville and was later run by the Dominican sisters and given back to the government in ’78. It was taken back by the church immediately after the earthquake and tsunami of April 2, 2007

  • The Tuha secondary school was a project of the Famoa Chiefs and it was abandoned at the Earthquake and tsunami disaster. It was then that the Chiefs decided to ask the catholic diocese of Gizo to rebuild it and run it.

  • At the same time the Catholic Church, aware of the very poor standards of education, built and run the St John Bosco senior secondary school and training center immediately after the earth quake and tsunami in 2007.

The students were very sincere in showing their appreciation at the chance of getting a good quality education while the staff lament the very poor quality intake into grade 7 from the surrounding Village schools.

The whole community has been challenged to take the task of education as a priority in their lives as Catholics. The education of the youth is not a gift we give. It is the right of our children to be educated properly and it is a task to support the school struggling to give a quality, competitive program at national level.

It was sad to hear in the principal’s reports that the school has still much to be collected from school fees. Could this be because of the economic issues caused by the Covid? Or could it reflect the lack of responsibility in a good number of parents? It is a fact that the school did not send out the students who failed to pay, on the parents promises… however if these students fail to pay, how fair is it to those who go through lot of pain to pay their dues? This could and should make the parents feel they MUST do much more than they are doing…for their children… at all levels.

The catholic church of the Gizo Diocese is happy to commit all resources to help improve the school, it cannot however do it alone. It needs the support of the ministry to get good quality teachers at Nila and the community to do its duty. United we stand, divided we fall… and our children will be the ones suffering from low standards and lack of competitiveness at national level. We can do it if we wake up to our responsibilities.

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Cardinal Francisco Coccopalmerio Visit New Establish School Nusabaruku.

His Eminence Cardinal Francisco Coccopalmerio visited the new established school at Nusabaruku yesterday 13 March in Gizo, Western province.

He was accompanied by two priests from Rome and Bishop Luciano Capelli sdb of the Diocese of Gizo.



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Cardinal Visit to Diocese of Gizo

One of the (Pope) right hand 
man, His Eminence Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio with 2 other priests, Fr. Simone and Fr. Don Flavio from Vatican Rome are visiting the Catholic Diocese of Gizo. 


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Bishop unveils new Te Maneaba in Wagina, challenges parishioners 

WAGINA community in Choiseul province has been blessed with a new community hall (Te Man
baea) which was officially opened on Sunday the 14th of January.
          The Te Maneaba known as the Holy Family Maneaba was about 40 meters in length and 20 meters wide was built since 2016.
The solemn ceremony commenced with the Eucharistic Mass celebration were a church elder has the opportunity to translate bishop's homily to the community.

Bishop Cappelli cuts the ribbon assist by some of the parish priest from oversea

New Te Maniaba
Bishop Capelli’s message was focused on helping the children and in his message he challenged the community to examine the past, and more came to realize and identified some of their prioritized areas which turn to neglect the children.

The Bishop congratulated the community and the parish priest for the beautiful community hall, and asked them to use the Maneaba in planning for the betterment for the children.

After the Mass, parishioners witnessed the cutting of the ribbon (Opening of the Maneaba) by Bishop Capelli assisted by Fr. Stanis, Fr. Rueben and a Parish priest from Noro.

This was followed by meals, entertainments, and speeches.

During night program the parish priest, Fr. Stanislaus Mynt from Burma thanked the community, the families, organizations, and companies who financially supported the construction of the hall which cost them nearly half a million.

The PP Fr. Stanis also revealed to the community the many developments the Diocese has contributed to especially the Church building which more than a million dollars.

But Fr. Stanis stated that the Diocese never contributed to the Maneaba but he challenged the community to tolerate bishop two separate challenging messages; where the bishop asked to look forward to the better education for the children.

The flying bishop left afternoon on board his small seaplane, but the program continued till 5am morning next day.

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M.V. Galilee to Serve Diocese of Gizo

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A 50ft steel-hulled vessel which was purchased by our bishop in 2015 thanks to many benefactors who made it possible has arrived from New Zealand on Christmas day. Once in service in the diocese of Gizo, the GALILEE ship will operate between the Western Province and the Choiseul Province, providing transport for people and goods, serving the schools, health centers, pastoral activities and the parishes with project activities.

Ongoing assistance requires training local people with the skills to operate the vessel and maintain it, as well as management to ensure that its operating costs 
are sustainable.

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The signing of a Potion of Land.

About 12 tribe chiefs of Voruvoru area within North Choiseul have agreed and signed a document to offer a portion of their land to the Catholic Church for the development of a new center where a structure will be built and human resources involved.

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The goal of the center to be built and run will be the bringing of the community together to dream and plan for the realization of their dreams.

The young generations, in particular, will be assisted and formed for a better future through health and education programs, religious instruction, cultural encounters, recreational facilities, and opportunities.

The dreams are big, the land is small but enough to start with…. for sure more can be invested as time and dreams will also grow. It will be all depend on the ability of the community to learn from the past and sacrifice for a better future.

One of the members said, “God forgive us when all our dreams are have become true because they were too small… Voruvoru dreams are big; we wish all the goodwill they need to be one in mind and heart and to remain committed when the going will be tough”

The formal signing of the agreement followed by the groundbreaking ceremony with all speeches from chiefs was indeed a great occasion witnessed by the large crowd of people who enjoyed singing and dancing with the local pan pipers.

The night was very peaceful followed by the Solemn Confirmation liturgy with 93 candidates.

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The Catholic community of Voruvoru will be the 7th parish to enjoy a new church and facilities attached to it in the post-tsunami reconstruction program of the diocese of Gizo, badly hit by the disaster of April 2, 2007. 

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