PROVINCIAL CHAPTER 2023: DAY FIVE
THEME: MSC MISSION AND ECOLOGY IN THE PACIFIC
Day Five begins with the prayer, reflection and communal wisdom continued from the previous day on Jesus as the Good Shepherd;
"In Jesus we see the Good Shepherd who goes in search of those who are lost, who knows his own and gives his life to save them. he shows us the Father's deep concern for those who are considered unimportant and whose rights are disregarded. We learn from him hwo is gentle and humble of heart who eases our burdens and gives us rest. He also makes demands and speaks with authority. To those who come to him, he gives his own strength and courage to help them live and work for justice and peace." Constitutions Chapter 2 Spirit of the Society #7
"The Word coming from the Heart of his Father, made the world emerge from nothing; and from the Heart of the Incarnate Word, pierced on Calvary, I see a new world emerging, the world of those he has chosen. And this creation, so fertile, full of grandeur and inspirted by love and mercy, is the Church, the mystical body of Christ, which makes this new creation present on earth until the end of time." Jules Chevalier, 1900
Safeguarding and Professional Standard documents
After morning prayer, reflection and communal wisdom on leadership the members of the Chapter gathered at the PRS Hall for the presentation on Safeguarding and Professional Standard documents for reviews and discussions, presented by Fr Simon Mani MSC, Provincial Safeguarding officer who approved by the Chapter.
Election of the new Provincial Superior
At the afternoon at 3.00pm the members gathered in the Chapel of St Peter Chanel to elect their new leader with prayer and deep reflection on Jesus as the Good Shepherd. As the election completed in a transparent process, Fr Vito Kelekele MSC was chosen to be the new Provincial Superior of the MSC Province of the Pacific Islands with consent. Fr Abzalon (Superior General) and the members received his consent for accepting the call for service.
Day Four sessions ended with the Eucharist, dinner and social.
(L-R) High Chief Vakalasi of the Kingdom of Alo Futuna, Fr Soane Fotutata MSC, Saulima Alofi and Fr Lomano Kauvaitupu MSC