Our Mission in Fiji

October 2016

Oct 10

Leaving Fiji

As I depart the island of Taveuni and reflect on the experience of the last several days I am grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know the people of Wairiki, Delaivuna, Nawi (on Venua Levu) and Neselesele villages. The island does have a number of high-end resorts; however, it is very rural and the people in the villages depend...
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Oct 9

A Visit to St. Joseph in Nawi (on the shore of Venua Levu)

After Mass we boarded a boat to cross the channel to Nawi, on the neighboring island of Venua Levu.  Although the seas had been beautifully calm the previous few days, we had 3 to 4 foot swells today and a low pressure system.  It takes an hour to travel from Matei to Nawi.  Fortunately the rainstorms occurred on Taveuni after we...
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Oct 9

Mass at Sto. Pelasio in Naselesele

Before Mass, Msgr. Lofton introduced me to Mica, one of the members seated in the back of the church.  Mica lost one of his legs and Msgr. had arranged for a prosthetic leg.  They have not been able to fit it properly in Fiji, and Msgr. is hoping to bring him to the US to be fitted properly. Since it was Sunday, Msgr. Lofton...
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Oct 8

Fiji Day at Holy Cross School

On Friday, October 7 schools celebrated “Fiji Day”.  The day commemorates the official transfer from rul by Britain to an independent republic.  The official date is October 10, and Fiji became a republic 46 years ago in 1970.  The principal invited Msgr. Lofton (diocese of Charleston Director for the Pontifical...
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Oct 7

Catechists and Churches

Msgr. Lofton has developed a relationship with a local man from Neselesele who is the primary builder for the new churches.  Yava works with the local people and together they construct the church.  As I came to find out the church is critical to the people of the local community.  More on that later. “The church in...
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Oct 6

Fiji Mission Trip (the Beginning)

As we drove southwest on the island of Taveuni the impact of the category 5 hurricane that struck last year are still evident.  Yet even where homes were damaged the people have stayed.  Most of the houses have no foundations and no glass in the windows, which is typical of the local villages.  Those that were damaged have partial...
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Oct 4

Mission Trip for Propagation of the Faith

When Msgr Edward Lofton left me a phone message to plan for a trip in October, I had no idea what was in store for me, just a sense that it might be significant.  When he told me he was asking me to go on a mission trip to Fiji as part of Diocese of Charleston Propagation of the Faith, I was overwhelmed.  I have admired the work the...
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Our Mission in Fiji

Communications from our families in Fiji and our 2016 Mission Trip