By Meleasie Goviro – EM TV News, Port Moresby
For years the Catholic Church’s ministry offices were scattered over Port Moresby, making coordination very difficult.
Archbishop John Ribat, in his first year as Head of the Port Moresby Archdiocese, met with the College of Consulters, to discuss the need for a chancery, to unite pastoral work ministries under one building.
After nearly 18 months, their plans have materialised, with the opening and blessing of a new Chancery.
The opening marked a significant occasion for the Port Moresby Catholic Archdiocese; in that it brought together all the ministries and services under one roof; a testimony of the churches vision of Journeying together in Faith as well as the fulfillment of their long-time dream to establish a Chancery Building here in Port Moresby.
Archbishop John Ribat commissioned and blessed the new Chancery Building , witnessed by religious, representatives from the four diocese of Alotau, Popondetta and Kerema including lay missionaries and distinguished guest.
Under the close supervision of Father Rodrigo Campilan, the project incurred a total cost of K5 million.
The main donors are foreign funding agencies (Missio Aachen, Missio Munich, Archdiocese of Cologne and Church In Need in Germany, Sir Henry Chow and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Hidayat Hanafi and Family) and from other individual parishioners of all the parishes in the Archdiocese of Port Moresby who raised as much as K5,000 each.
The building will accommodate new offices, associated facilities and a much improve business environment for the Archdiocese. This includes the Chancery Hall which can accommodate up to 250 people at one time.
The substantial investment is largely about stimulating positive development and the growth of the Catholic Church within the archdiocese, says Kapapal, to meet the needs of growing population and society’s need.