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May 27, 2022

Priest Celebrates 50 Years Serving in PNG

A long serving Catholic Priest in the country, recently celebrated his fifty years in PNG.


Father John Glynn of Irish origin, was a pioneer school teacher who arrived in the country in 1963 during the Australian Administration days.


He has been a mentor, father and friend to many who know him. He has formed care groups for under privileged women and children, and has been a strong advocate against corruption. 


He migrated to Australia in 1961 to find work and in December 1963 volunteered to come to PNG as a teacher. During that time PNG was still colonized by Australia and School was a totally new thing.


 From Old Ireland he decided to settle in New Ireland. He moved to Port Moresby where he worked at the Education Department office. There he designed the Primary School Mathematics Curriculum.


He then went back to Australia and studied to become a priest and returned to PNG to do his priesthood.


He is now a PNG citizen and has retired from active ministry. He is a Chaplain and Counselor, and teaches religion and personal development at Jubilee Catholic Secondary School in Port Moresby. 


He has formed care groups to support orphans and vulnerable young women on the streets and settlements of Port Moresby.


He also formed a Youth Against Corruption Association for youths to say no to corruption.

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