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TAVUR Communion through Communication

August, 2018 a monthly publication

Vice Province of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, P.O Box 40 Vision City, Waigani 131, NCD, Papua New Guinea Asp. Palep Bigiglen

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Port Moresby, PGS, 7 July 2018: - The Vice-Province of Blessed Philip Rinaldi celebrated its second Province Day. The celebration had two parts: the first part was an enjoyable outing by the beach. With the weather on our side all Salesians and aspirants arrived with this year’s theme printed on their shirt: Journeying together as a ViceProvince. The postnovices animated the program with parlour games and beach sports which culminated with lunch by the beach.

In the evening, we had dinner together with dishes from Papua New Guinea, India, South America, Philippines and Vietnam. They were prepared by Salesians who cooked in groups in the afternoon. Then the song, dance or musical presentations from every community, crowned by the ‘good night’ of Fr. Alfred Maravilla, provincial made our celebration a truly wonderful and happy one.

The second part was the late afternoon thanksgiving Eucharist celebration in the Emmaus Conference Centre at the Provincial House. During the Eucharist we also remembered Fr. Edwin Genovia’s Silver Jubilee of Priestly Ordination. We aspirants animated the Eucharist with local songs from Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, as well as songs in English, Italian, Hindi, French, Latin, Spanish, Filipino and Vietnamese. For us it was a splendid experience of interculturality.

To me an aspirant, it was a privileged opportunity to be part of this multicultural celebration. It was like a one-day visit to different countries and cultures! It was wonderful to experience the witness of Salesians from 16 countries. They have committed themselves to the young of our two countries of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. May the love for God remind me that joining the Salesians means being part of an international congregation with brothers from 136 nations!


Youth Alive! Celebrating Life and Love 4th August, 2018; 9 am, Vision City, Port Moresby


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Films to be screened: Akulah Humba-Mu - Who touched me - The Calle to Serve - The Journey - My little story - Whispering the Gospel - Class of Rowdies - da’ stragol - A Joy Story

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Salesian Brother Vocation

Beyond the classroom Br Reto Waner sdb was born on June 10, 1972. He belonged to the Evangelical Protestant Church, Ulrich Zwingli. Drawn to serve, he opted to work as a volunteer in Papua New Guinea. He spent a little over three years at Don Bosco Technical Institute, Boroko, Port Moresby and returned home in 2004. During his time in Papua New Guinea, he was impressed by the Catholic Church and the work the Salesians do for the young, poor and abandoned youngsters. On his return home, he became a Catholic and joined the Salesians in Germany. He made his first religious profession on September 8, 2006 at Colle Don Bosco in Italy. His Final Profession was made on October 7, 2012 in Chemnitz, Germany. He then opted to return to Papua New Guinea. On September 25, 2016, he was sent by the Rector Major as a missionary to the PGS Vice Province. He shares his thoughts: I am very happy to be a Salesian lay Brother. I am fully immersed with young people – in the class room, in the

The Retreat dwelt on the Salesian Identity and the different aspects that are necessary to live ones Salesian Life.

Fr. Ambrose Pereira sdb

workshop and laboratories and spend time with them after school hours. Through this intense staying together a relationship of trust and love has emerged. I then have the opportunity to share with them Christian values of living. A holistic formation is taking place, which will last far beyond their graduation at DBTI. Now after seventeen years I can see good fruits, emerging from my time as a volunteer at DBTI, as well as my time as Salesian lay Brother. Apart from being a mechanical instructor, I love to get in contact with the children, youths and adults from the villages around DBTI. My source of strength and balance to my work as an instructor is the Sunday Oratory. It is a joy for me to share my life with the children and young people coming from the different villages. I also enjoy visiting them in their homes. The daily celebration of the sacraments are occasions to grow in my faith. Every Sunday, I accompany the children’s choir at the 11 am Mass in the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians. It is much appreciated by the children and the congregation. The daily rosary and an occasional ‘Good Night’ talk with our residents is also a good occasion for me to grow spiritually. To pray, work and live with my community, Fr. Clifford Morias, Rector and Fr. Joseph Dai, Boarding House in Charge and Spiritual Moderator is for me a great fulfilment. This is my family and here I find joy, comfort, love and strength.

A Grace Filled Retreat 31 participants gathered for the Annual Retreat, 1st to 7th July, 2018, at the Emmaus Conference Centre, Port Moresby. The group was joined by six Salesian sisters.


- Fr. Moise Paluku, SDB

What has touched us most in the talks of Fr. Thomas, was how he brought us through different phases and understanding of our Salesian life. At every session, concrete examples of our own Salesians known to most of us motivated us. We are thus encouraged to truly live our Salesian vocation and reach the high standard of Christian life. One of the many points that captured my attention was the model he gave of Jesus; the way Don Bosco handled the human situations and our salvific mission. Being in the midst of the people, and youth we need to be truly authentic as Salesians.

Fr. Thomas Anchukandam, SDB, from the Salesian Historical The other challenge he put across was the invitation to figure out Institute, Rome, was our preacher. We are grateful to him for concrete examples of living Don Bosco in our communities. He availing his time to share with us his spiritual wisdom and insight. said, “there are confreres in our province, in our current “Every year we have annual retreat, but each year comes with its generation, who truly are Don Bosco of our time.” blessings. I appreciated the ambiance of silence the confreres created. This had fostered indeed an environment of prayer. The time table allowed us enough time for personal prayer”, said Fr Paluku.

He has challenged us to make a difference. We need to look at our Salesian identity in a faith perspective and discover within ourselves our Salesian spirituality. The devotion to the Eucharist, to Mary and being docile to the Holy Spirit even when things do not go our way is what will keep us faithful to our charism.

“It’s a time of grace, conversion and renewal. Fr. Thomas was able to confirm the identity and clarity of an authentic Salesian. “On my part, the challenge is mine, going down from this He has challenged us to be signs of God’s Love to those to whom mountain of prayer to live with young people, to feed and edify we are sent”, said Fr. Joseph Thanh. them”, reflection Fr. Paluku.


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