Diocese of Daru-Kiunga: One Vision, One people
By Fr. Yohanes Werang CM
Diocese of Daru-Kiunga
87 participants from 13 parishes and all diocesan services attended the Daru-Kiunga Diocesan Assembly on 3-9 September 2012 at Peter ToRot Centre, Kiunga. Some special guests also took part in it: Fr. Roger Purcell MSC, the National Director of Community Animation Service (Mt. Hagen) , Bishop Otto Separy of Aitape as Deputy Bishop for the National Pastoral Plan, and Fr. Victor Roche SVD, General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. The aim was to evaluate the first stage of the diocesan pastoral plan and approve the second phase of it.
In his keynote address Bishop Gilles Cote’ SMM welcomed all the participants and special guests saying that “we are gathered on behalf of all the people of the diocese to listen, reflect, pray, share and decide the way forward for all”.
“Even though the diocese of Daru-Kiunga is so vast, we came together to share ideas and take decisions in order to achieve the goal of one people and one vision”, said Rose Kehani, from the Callan Services, referring to the motto of the diocese.
At the Assembly all the diocesan services presented their plans and programs for the years 2013-2016. “This is great a achievement for the Catholic Church in Western Province; we are now guided by a clear vision and mission to move forward inspired by the Word of God in our daily lives”, Fr. Aloi Bangur SMM said. He has been working in the diocese for 10 years now.
In the past few years, the diocese of Daru-Kiunga has established Small Christian Communities all around the Western province. People come together to discuss their life situation in a difficult and confusing time of transition to the modern world.
The diocesan assembly closed with the launching of a Diocesan Pastoral Plan for the four years ahead during the Eucharistic celebration on Sunday, 9 September 2012 with lively and active participation by all present.