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Archdiocese of Rabaul - Launching of the Year of the Priest Y2023

Jan​uary 01,2023 - Solemnity of the Mother of God. ​

Today, Sunday, January 01st was the launching of the year of Priests for the Archdiocese of Rabaul. Beginning today until next  year January 01st, 2024, we are invited to pray for all our Priests working in the Archdiocese.

As the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese prepares to celebrate 150 years of continuous evangelization; since September 29, 1882, in the year 2032, the next 10 years is a time for some sort of renewal at all levels of the Church, This renewal in the faith, and also in all aspects of life, has begun today, starting with the Clergy. The theme for this year of the Priests is "Personal Growth - Spiritual Formation - Effective Fruitful Parish Ministry". The Priests are the driving factor for total change to happen before 2032, working in collaboration with the Laity for a better society.

The Apostolic Nuncio to the CBCPNGSI, His Excellency Archbishop Fermin Emilio Sosa Rodriguez was the main celebrant at today's Mass to launch the Year of the Priests, with His Grace Archbishop Rochus Josef Tatamai, MSC and about 40 Priests working in the Archdiocese co-celebrating. The Mass was animated by the St. John the 23rd Community, Vunapope 2 Community of Vunapope Parish, and the MSC Sisters.​

Archbishop Rochus Josef Tatamai, celebrates a special occasion with the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (FMI Sisters)

Takabur Parish

Friday January 06, 2023 was a great day of celebration for the Catholic Archdiocese of Rabaul, as the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (FMI Sisters) celebrated the 1st Profession of 3 Sisters, 1 Final Commitment (Perpetual Vow) and 2 Golden Jubilee (50 Years) of 6 of their Sisters. The celebration was held at the St. Henry & Kunigunde, Takabur Parish. This is also where the Formation House of the FMI Sisters is located. Sisters Mary Henricka Willie FMI (Takabur), Mary Faustina Krelon FMI (Lihir) and Georgina Pope FMI (Napapar) did their 1st Profession as FMI Sisters; Sr. Mary Cathleen Lakas FMI (Lihir) did her Final Profession as an FMI Sister; Srs. Mary Ansgaria Ropat FMI (Ratongor) and Mary Patricia Kurme FMI (Pililo) celebrated their 50 years as FMI Sisters. Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Rochus Josef Tatamai MSC, co-celebrant was Fr. Walter Pilai MSC. Liturgy was by the FMI Sisters and Novices and the Lay Associates from Takabur Parish. 

Deo Gratias.

Pilgrimage visit at Blessed Peter Torot...

Pictured are 3 members of the Pilgrim Group, together with their PP Fr. Bill John Arienza MSP at the studio of the Voice of Blessed Peter Torot Radio to share their stories.

Catholic Mothers from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Buka Parish, Diocese of Bougainville were in the Archdiocese of Rabaul from Thursday, January 19 - Friday, January 27 for a pilgrimage. This pilgrimage was called "Blessed Peter Torot Pilgrimag​e". The intention for this visit was to dedicate their families, parish, and also the AROB as a whole to the prayers of Blessed Peter Torot. The 8 day pilgrimage took them to different parishes within the Kokopo and Rabaul Deaneries, sharing their faith with locals, and also learning from these parishes they visited during the 8 days. They were accompa​nied by the PP of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Fr. Bill John Arienza MSP. They spent 2 days at St. Leo's Iawakaka with the Servants of St. Joseph (SSJ Sisters), before returning to Vunapope in preparation for their departure back to Buka.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH) Silver Jubilee

January 21, 2023 was a special day for 4 Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Sisters in PNG ( Filiae Dominae Nostrae Sacro Corde in Latin), popularly as the OLSH Sisters, as they, together, celebrated their Silver Jubilee of being Religious Nuns. Todays, one of them, Sr. Stephanie Kaki FDNSC (OLSH) had her Thanksgiving Mass celebrated at the St. Fidelis, Taulil CC (sub-parish), Assumption of Mary, Vunadidir Parish. Main celebrant was His Grace Archbishop Rochus Josef Tatamai MSC, con-celebrants Fr. Ronal Vunuvung, PP of Vunadidir, Fr. Gabriel Pabet and Fr. Alphonse Dende. We thank God for the gift of the Vocation to Religious Life, and continue to pray for more vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. We pray especially for our families that we may continue to foster this special call to a life Consecrated to God.

After the Eucharistic celebration, there were traditional dances, choirs and food was served for all. Even the afternoon rain dampen the spirit of celebration for the people as they thanked God the gift of one of their daughters answering God's call to the Religious Life.

Mary Help of Christians Rapolo Parish Installation of a new Parish Priest

Sunday, January 29, 2023 - Mary Help of Christians, Rapolo Parish.

His Grace Archbishop Rochus Josef Tatamai MSC celebrated Mass on the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time at the Mary Help of Christians, Rapolo Parish. The occasion also witnessed the installation of the new Parish Priest, Fr. Nguyengong Thanh Joseph SDB, who takes over from Fr. Moise Paluku SDB, who will now concentrate on being the Rector of Don Bosco Technical Secondary School. The Rapolo Parish is catered for by the Salesians of Don Bosco. Fr. Nguyengong is from Vietnam, and takes over the parochial responsibility from Fr. Moise, who has been working both as Rector of DBTSS and PP. After Mass, the new PP was welcomed in the traditional Tolai fashion by the mothers.

Archdiocese of Rabaul - Low Income Housing Project


Since the project started in Y2018, the Italian Bishop Conference has played a major role in the realization this Project. The Italian Bishop Conference has initially approved the funding in three (3) tranches. The 1st Tranche were received in November 2019 and was acquitted in September 2020. We have received the 2nd Tranche in July 2021 and acquitted February 2023. The Archdiocese has initially allocated around Six (6) hectares of land to cater for at least Eighty (80) houses. Land surveying and infrastructure development such as road and drainage works are funded by the Archdiocese. Other contributors in this project includes the East New Britain Provincial Government and various Business houses. We acknowledge as well the Italian Workmen from the Village of Archbishop Emeritus Francesco Panfilo, SDB, who have travelled all the way from Italy to start the project and subsequently transfer their housing technology to the local workers. From an initial of Ten (10) housing units, it has now totaled to Thirty-five (35) houses; Thirty (30) of which are the designs from the Italian donors and Five (5) Loft houses which are locally designed. All these houses are now occupied by families of individuals who have worked from the different institution of the Archdiocese, and other qualified individuals from within the province. Each house in the village is running on a solar power system and fitted with a water tank. A small kitchen is placed outside of the housing unit in the traditional Melanesian way. The Village has its own Water Bore and a Plant Nursery to assist in the sustainability of the community.



Despite the threat of the COVID-19 Global pandemic and the continued rise in the cost of materials, these challenges does not hinder the Archdiocese to continue building the houses up to where it is now. As long as our partners has confidence and continue to honor their commitment, the Archdiocese will pursue this project to assist the Low-Income earner people of East New Britain Province.  


The Archdiocese also support the building of School Classrooms, Teachers Houses and the continued upgrading of our Churches, Chapels and Priest houses. The Archdiocese also support various Sister's congregations such as the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC), Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH), Daughters of Mary Immaculate (FMI), Society of St Joseph (SSJ) and the Don Bosco Salesian Sisters (FMA). To bring these projects to life, we rely on the generosity of individuals or institutions. If you are able and willing to contribute, your donation would go a long way in making a positive impact on our community. Every donation received will help us achieve our goals and bring us one step closer to realizing our vision.

The Episcopal Installation of the 8th Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Rabaul.

On Tuesday 29th September 2020, the Feast day of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Most Reverend Rochus Joseph Tatamai MSC was installed as the 8th prelate of Rabaul. It was an historic event for the Catholic Church in Rabaul and Archbishop Rochus is the first ever local who has been appointed as Chief Sheppard of the Archdiocese of Rabaul since its establishment in 1886.

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