At the end of October all of our second-year students were installed into the Ministry of Lector, an important step on their road to the priesthood. The Apostolic Nuncio of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands was the main celebrant. As the “mausman” of the Pope, it was a big deal that he was coming.
So, what do you do in PNG when something is a big deal? You put on bilas, of course.
We enjoyed the Nuncio’s visit a good deal. He’s originally from Massachusetts (my home province!, I told the Dings) and is very friendly and personable. He came over for breakfast and chatted over pancakes. The mass was on the first Feast day of John Paul II, whom PNG has a lot of affection for as he visited the country multiple times. At the mumu feast afterward, we looked around the table and realized that there was a representative from every inhabited continent- a priest from Togo, Poland, and Indonesia, seminarians from PNG and Chile, and lay missionaries from the US. In his remarks after the cake-cutting the Nuncio said that the people in the room were a church in miniature– bishops and priests and seminarians, but even more mothers and fathers and children (local guests plus families of the second years). It was a truly catholic experience.