DIVINE Word Missionaries (SVD) working in Papua New Guinea held their 18th provincial chapter at Alexishafen, Madang province, on Oct 18-25 under the leadership of Joe Roszynsky.
Twenty-five delegates and ex officio from Port Moresby, Enga, Western Highlands, East Sepik, Madang, Simbu and Eastern Highlands provinces gathered to evaluate work carried out based on reports from different fields.
The provincial chapter is held every three years.
The facilitator of the chapter, Archbishop Doug Young, said all the reports showed that everybody was serious in carrying out their responsibilities in different fields entrusted to them.
“It means that we really take responsibility seriously for the development of the kingdom of God in this country,” he said.
After listening to the reports from different districts, rectors and coordinators, the participants spent their time in group discussions.
Meanwhile, Fr Bill Burt challenged the participants to ensure changes in their communities.
“You are the elected leaders from your districts and your communities. You are elected because you have power and strength to help make change into our province,” he said.
“Now is the time for change. The change has come. Are you ready to accept the change?”
The members also went on an outing to Ululan plantation for a half day picnic and barbeque.
This event was spent well and after returning from Ululan, they continued their group discussion and sharing.
The document of the chapter will soon be released and sent to all SVD members of PNG.