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Visit to the brothers in Suva (Fiji)

From 26 - 30 October, Alberto Toutin visited the pre-novitiate and professed formation community in Fiji. The professed brothers are studying at the Pacific Regional Seminary run by the Pacific Conference of Bishops. It is 50 years old this year. The brothers in the community officially welcomed Alberto with a ceremony of Kava - a traditional Fijian drink. The welcoming ceremony was attended by some fellow religious and seminary lecturers, religious sisters, priests and friends of the community.    

On 27 October, Alberto Toutin met with the Archbishop of Suva Fiji, Mgr Peter Loy Chong. During the conversation, Archbishop Loy shared what he sees as the main challenge of the synodal journey of the local Church: a deep desire to grow in the capacity to listen at all levels. Along these lines, Bishop Loy is promoting leadership teams in the parishes, made up of the parish priest and lay people. These teams meet weekly not only for the animation of the parish, but also to pray together and to evaluate the service of the pastoral workers, including that of the pastor. 

As a frame of reference for the accompaniment of Christian communities and to raise awareness of the impact of climate change in this area, it is important to him to develop a spirituality of vulnerability of the population and the planet, of care and resilience. On societal issues - corruption, precariousness of families, care for mothers and unborn children, Colonialism, Independence, democratisation of politics, it is good to create an open debate and keep public opinion informed. Bishop Loy is an active influencer on social networks.

Link to the album of the visit: https://bit.ly/3MApK2M