Monday, September 3, 2012
Seminar for New Bishops in Rome
Sunday, 2 September, 2012
I am in Rome for the next few weeks for a Seminar for new bishops. The seminar is being conducted at the Pontifical Missionary College of Saint Paul the Apostle. There are 91 bishops participating in the seminar. The bishops come from all over the world: 63 of the bishops are from Africa; from 4 Caribbean countries, 3 from Latin America, 16 bishops from Asia (Azerbaizan, Bangladesh, India, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka); 6 from Oceania (Pacific Islands, Timor l'Este and three from Papua New Guinea: Bishop Bill Fey, OFM Cap. from the Diocese of Kimbe, WNBP, Bishop Rolando Santos, CM from the Diocese of Alotau, and yours truly from the Diocese of Mendi.
There is a wonderful spirit of fraternity among the bishops from all over the world. And it is inspiring to hear the stories of our brother bishops and see how the church is growing throughout the world. The language of the seminar for prayers and the other sessions will be Italian - but some translation will be provided for the non-Italian speakers. As mentioned, this is a seminar for new bishops - those who were ordained in the last year or so. From time to time, I will share some thoughts of what is happening at the seminar... and if I didn't forget to bring the right cable, will upload a few pictures too. In any case, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers...