06/10/2012 05:52

Vocations flourish in Auki, Solomon Islands after 100 years of Catholic faith

The diocese of Auki in the Solomon Islands is celebrating the Centenary of the arrival of the first missionaries at Rohinari in the West Are-are Lagoon this weekend Oct. 5-7.

Heroic and hardworking French Marists paved the way for the planting and incredible growth of the Catholic Church which now comprises 25% of the civil population of about 155,000. Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo and the Premiere of Malaita Province are expected to attend along with diocesan Bishop Chris Cardone OP, Archbishop Adrian Smith, SM of Honiara and his Auxiliary Bishop John Doaninoel, SM.

“In our Centenary we continue to be richly blessed with priestly and religious vocations – Bishop Chris Cardone says -. This year we have eight men from the Diocese of Auki who will be ordained to the priesthood; three are diocesan priests and five are Marists!”

“I am presuming that this is the largest number of priests to be ordained in any given diocese throughout Oceania! The Marists planted many seeds which are now being harvested for the New Evangelization!”, bishop Cardone observes.

(CBC Communications 20121005 – giorgiolicini@yahoo.com)