|Project:||Salesian Missions, Solomon Islands|
|Date of foundation:||1995|
The Catholic Church in the Solomon Islands is about a hundred years old. It was established by the Marist Missionaries who dedicated their resources to serving the people of the Pacific islands, at times, even unto death. Today others share their mission - the Dominicans, Vincentians, Salesians, and MSp - a misssionary congregation from the Philippines.
The Salesians came to the islands in 1995. The province of Japan, under the leadership of Fr. Francis Mizobe, SDB (now Bishop of Sendai, Japan) took up missionary activity in the island as part of the province’s missionary thrust. His successor, Fr. Stefano Fujikawa SDB, continued to keep Solomon Islands in the forefront of the concerns of the province. Gradually, personnel arrived from different parts of the East Asian and South Asian provinces. Currently seven Salesians form one community which has three different works, a Parish, a Technical School and a Communications project.
1. Christ the King parish, Tetere
Plans and development projects are continuing for the progress of the people. For instance, a center for education and health is in the process of being constructed; a community radio station that will reach villages is also part of the plan; a rural training center is being thought of. All these projects that are yet to be realized are dependent on the good will, initiative and generosity of the benefactors. Meanwhile a constant stream of volunteers from different corners of the globe have been assisting the Salesians in this on-going process of empowering the people.
2. Don Bosco Technical School, Henderson
The day begins at 7.30 a.m. with a Morning Prayer and assembly. Discipline, hardwork, honesty, punctuality, respect and commitment are values that are being emphasized. Moreover there is plenty of scope to develop healthy skills through the setting up of different clubs sports and cultural clubs. Extracurricular activities such as sports, games, arts, dance, drama, scouting, are part of the training received and bring out the best in the students.
There is no denying that they are proud of their school and are on their way to developing a healthy self-esteem. Their logo says is all: ‘Born for greater things’. Today some of the ex-students are employed in further construction works by the Salesians, while others are gainfully imployed at different locations in their towns.
3. Catholic Communications Solomons
Ever since 1999, a network of competent persons has been created by CCS to serve the Church of Solomon Islands as well as the three dioceses of Gizo, Auki and Honiara through radio broadcasts, print media, video coverage and a religious books store.
‘Media Education Seminars’, held in different locations in the country have sought to build critical awareness and develop leadership skills among ordinary citizens in journalism and communication. These seminars have also been held in neighbouring islands of the Pacific. In 2001, the Director of CCS was elected to represent the Pacific Islands as a Member of the Board of SIGNIS (The World Catholic Association for Communication), thus deepening the commitment to Media Education in the region.
Salesians of Don Bosco