Virtues, values and integrity were but some of the principles and human qualities stressed during a constructive National Level Chaplain Workshop focused at improving the service delivery of Chaplaincies throughout Papua New Guinea.
The workshop held from 12th to 17th October, at the Catholic Bishops Conference in Waigani, was facilitated by Bishop of Lae, Rozario Menezes SMM, with the help of Sr. Mary McCarthy PBVM, Chaplain of Port Moresby General Hospital.
It had as its theme, “Chaplains Holy, formed and sent on a mission”, and had the participation of fifteen Chaplains both local and expatriates from Poland, Nigeria, Kenya, Australia and India, serving in the dioceses of Lae, Port Moresby, Vanimo, Aitape, Goroka, Mt Hagen, Mendi and Kundiawa.
The workshop was structured in three parts: sharing on the situation on the ground and the service; inputs and expectation by the government departments on education, health and security; and working in the current “new normal”, in regard to COVID-19.
Special guests were also invited to give brief sessions highlighting the significant role of Chaplaincies and the crucial need for the implementation of its services regarding rehabilitation and human services.
The guests included Cardinal John Ribat MSC, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Port Moresby; Fr Jan Czuba SVD, Secretary of the Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology; Stephen Pokanis, Correctional Services Commissioner; Representatives of Police Commissioner Daving Manning; Chief Executive Officer of Port Moresby General Hospital, Dr Paki Molumi; Dr Uma Ambi, Director of the Social Change and Mental Health Directorate.
A closing eucharist was held on the final day that was celebrated by Archbishop Kurian Mathew Vayalunkal, Apostolic Nuncio to PNGSI and concelebrated by Bp Rozario, Priests, and Religious.