Our graduation festivities at the end of last year coincided with our celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Good Shepherd’s founding.
We started with a prayer by the grave of our founder, Fr. Peter von Adrichem, svd, down at Fatima Parish, which he also founded.
The pickup truck that has been with the seminary from the beginning, driven by John Ding, a founding staff member.
An important event in PNG often includes people wearing bilas. One of the graduating students put on his traditional highlands outfit, and Annie’s singsing group was also engaged for the occasion.
Priests who had graduated from Good Shepherd from the surrounding dioceses came to celebrate with us.
Bishop Donald Lippert, OFM-Cap of Mendi, Bishop Arnold Orowae of Wabag, and Archbishop Douglas Young, SVD of Mt. Hagen, also came to celebrate with us. After the mass giving thanks for the 25 years of Good Shepherd Seminary’s existence, we moved to the student hall to give out the diplomas. Four students graduated with their Advanced Diplomas in Religious Studies, and two graduated with their Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies. The day ended with a mumu.
We pray that God will bless the future of Good Shepherd Seminary, and send us both staff and students!