Guanellians Reach the Fifth Continent

Guanellians listened to the voice of providence for service in Solomon Islands after a fraternal invitation by Bishop Luciano Capelli of the Diocese of Gizo. Gradually the dream of visiting the fifth continent, a place without Guanellians, has become a reality. In August 2015, Fr. Luigi De Giambattista, General Councilor of the Servants of Charity, and Fr. Soosai Rathinam, Provincial Superior of the Divine Providence Province, made the long trip to Honiara, the capital. “I felt at home,” said Fr. Luigi. “St. Guanella is blessing the poor even on this continent. Thank you for sending your representatives here,” Bishop Capelli wrote in a letter to Fr. Alfonso Crippa, Superior General of the Servants of Charity, continuing, “We are enriched with their precious thoughts and their example. We hope to become the fifth continent for the Servants of Charity.” Fr. Soosai prepared a team of confreres for the new mission. They are Fr. Tony from the Ooty Diocese, Fr. Mathias and Fr. Arockia Raj. Fr. Tony began his missionary journey on May 4th from Chennai. His only hope is that the Lord will provide him strength and endurance to conquer any challenge he may face. The historical project in the Gizo Diocese was officially inaugurated by the arrival of Fr. Luigi, the founder of the Solomon mission, and Fr. Mathias in Honiara the capital on 12th August. They were solemnly welcomed by Fr. VG and the local people.

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