• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019 12:06

Celebration as Tanna Island church re-opens after Cyclone damage


Vanuatu restored church Nov 2019 450Four years after Cyclone Pam flattened Tanna Island in Vanuatu, the community has celebrated the re-opening and blessing of the church which was rebuilt thanks to the many generous benefactors who donated to the SVD AUS Province special appeal.

Tanna Island was one of the hardest hit areas in the March 2015 cyclone, leaving about 90 per cent of people without houses. All the trees were bent and stripped of leaves and the local church had its roof blown off.

In the immediate aftermath of the disaster people were living without electricity, safe water or reasonable shelters.

The SVD AUS Province launched an appeal to help the community get back on its feet and received a generous response from our partners in mission, raising about $50,000.

Vanuatu cutting ribbon on reopened church Nov 2019 250Mission Secretary Fr Truc Quoc Phan SVD travelled to Vanuatu on a few occasions to take a first-hand look at what was most urgently needed.

Fr Olivier Noclam SVD, currently assigned to Alice Springs, is from Tanna Island, and also helped identify the greatest need.

The SVD Appeal provided funds for immediate relief for the people, but also for the rebuilding of the church.

Provincial, Fr Henry Adler SVD, says he was invited to Tanna Island earlier this month for the official re-opening and blessing of the Church.

“The funds raised through our Appeal were made available to the people there by the bishop and the parish priest,” Fr Henry says.

“It helped them to rebuild the church and meet the needs of some of the most needy people on Tanna.

“The work on the church is now finally completed and it is open again to serve the community.”

Vanuatu people celebrate reopening of church Nov 2019 450Fr Henry says the church blessing and re-opening was attended by the Bishop of Port Vila, John Bosco Baremes SM, as well as clergy from the island and religious, Fr Olivier, who was on home leave, and the whole population.

“It was a great celebration,” Fr Henry says. “It wasn’t just the Catholic community, but representatives from most of the faith groups on the island came to join the Catholics in the blessing of the new church.

“The people were so appreciative of the funds raised to help them. Tanna Island is one of the outer islands of Vanuatu and is somewhat lacking in development in areas like reliable electricity and roads.

“So this financial assistance from our benefactors was a real sign of love and solidarity for the local people.”

Fr Henry says the re-opening and blessing of the church took place on the feast of St Martin de Porres, who is patron of the parish.