24/05/2012 10:38

Last farewell to Fr. Albert Tuat, priest and community leader in Rabaul

A large crowd participated yesterday, 21 May, in Rabaul in the funeral Mass for diocesan priest Fr. Albert Tuat, who died in Manila last week. Fr. Tuat was suggested to go for medical treatment to Australia in April, but he was refused visa when a panel of doctors in Port Moresby diagnosed him with TB. He began a TB treatment and went back to Rabaul. On Wednesday 2nd May the Archdiocese decided to send him to Manila. He left on the 6th of May accompanied by another Filipino priest. At Makati Medical Centre he was diagnosed with some form of cancer, TB, etc. He died at 3:00 am on Tuesday, 15 May from heart attack at Zatti private clinic. He was 60 years old and a priest for 34 years.

Ordained in 1977, Fr. Albert served first in Kailai (West New Britain) for three years. In 1981-‘82 he attended a course at the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila on the ‘Basic Christian Communities’. After that he was involved in the formation of catechists. He was the Church representative in the East New Britain Provincial Assembly for several years. In the last 12 years he was very much involved in the preparation and implementation of the General Assembly of the Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea (2004) and in developing the Diocesan Pastoral Plan. He was assisting in the pastoral work of the parish of Vunapope and was also the Chairman of several Boards. Last year, together with Fr. Giorgio Bonazzoli PIME, they spearheaded the new responses for the revised English version of the Mass enabling the Archdiocese of Rabaul to use the new responses since the first Sunday of Advent 2011.

(CBC Communications 230512 – giorgiolicini@yahoo.com)