Archbishop Peter Loy Chong Launches Book by Fr. Frank Hoare
On Sunday January 28, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong launched a book by Columban, Fr Frank Hoare at the Archbishop Petero Mataca Hall at St Pius X Parish Raiwaqa.
Titled, 'The Turning Wheel' the book traces the relatively brief history of the Columban Fathers in Fiji from 1952 - 2017. The book takes a storytelling approach and is full of anecdotes, pictures and stories of the early Columban Missionaries in Fiji.
Present at the Book Launch were priests and religious from the Greater Suva Area as well as Columban seminarians, lay missionaries and lay Companions of the Columbans. Also present for the occasion was the Vicar General of the Columban Fathers based in Hong Kong, Fr. Arturo Aguilar. Fr. Aguilar commented on how the talanoa approach taken on by Fr Frank in his book reflects for the greater part the bigger story of the Columban Fathers all over the world.
Archbishop Peter Loy in launching the book applauded the work of the Columban Fathers in the Archdiocese and praised Fr Frank for his work which also helps us to understand the history of the local Church in the post World War II period up to the present time.
The careful analysis by Fr Frank on contemporary issues in mission is also a major highlight of his work. The stories of the early Columbans and the struggles they encountered in a culture so vastly different from their own and their attempts to preach the gospel among a people who showed them kindness and wonderful hospitality is heartwarming.
The book can be purchased from the Columban Central House in Nasese for $10.00 and also from the Religious Bookstore at Nicolas House