By TONY PALME
THE GOOD Shepherd Seminary in Jiwaka which is affiliated Divine Word University (DWU), celebrated its silver jubilee and 23rd sending forth graduation recently.
Mt Hagen Catholic Archbishop Douglas Young, who is the chairman of the Good Shepherd Seminary said durimg the event that the institution was established at Fatima in 1991 after it was moved from Maiwara in Madang.
Young said the late Fr Peter Van Andrichem, the founding priest of Fatima Catholic mission and institutions had the traits of a real disciple of Jesus who evangelised and left legacies that must be celebrated with gratitude and taken as stepping stones for young priests and aspiring priests.
He urged the six graduates, the continuing students and other priests to follow the traits set by Fr Peter, the first rector of seminary.
“Today is a time of thanksgiving and a time to look forward,” Young said in his sermon.
“You have a vocation to be a shepherd who must evangelise to people, help sick people, pray for them and be a good disciple as Jesus the Good Shepherd had done.”
He was joined by the Associate Professor Sr Miriam Dlugosz, assistant to the vice president Academic at DWU, two other bishops, priests, religious groups, catechists, students, parents and other members of the community.
Young and the invited guests had a thanksgiving prayer and placed flowers at the cemetery of Fr Peter at Fatima Secondary School early in the morning before proceeding to the graduation and the silver jubilee ceremony.
The day was filled with emotions as Fr Peter was remembered in the speeches because of his tremendous efforts in making Fatima the place it is today.
By TONY PALME