Welcome to Sacred Heart Novitiate. The novitiate is a time of special grace for deepening our prayer life and nourishing our souls with a common life of prayer and meditation, work and study. This newsletter introduces our 7 Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) novices for 2009 coming from 5 island nations in the Pacific: Samoa, Futuna, Kiribati, Wallis and Fiji, and our 8 Pre-novices from Samoa, Fiji and Kiribati.
To provide moral and prayerful support for our novices and pre-novices during this time of their formation, allow me to introduce the staff accompanying them on their journey.
Fr Lomano Kauvaitupu from the Island of Futuna is the Novice Master while Br Tebweao is the Director of Pre-novices. Br Gerard Shanley is the Bursar/Cook and English teacher. Br Laisenia Ralake works at nearby Chevalier Farm Training Center as sports teacher, choir master, and agriculture and Religion teacher.
The Novitiate is nestled at the foot of lush green hills and cool tropical forests at Wainadoi. A crystal-clear stream flows alongside our property providing fresh life-giving water for the community, as well as for our food garden and farm animals. It is a serene setting of silence and prayer, of new discoveries and of God’s wonderful creation.
The daily program begins with prayer and Mass in the morning and ends with prayer and spiritual reading in the evenings. During the day time is spent on studying English, Scripture and the MSC Constitutions, life and mission. The afternoons are dedicated to manual work such as gardening. This is followed by private study. After dinner the community gathers for an hour of recreation.
Each Wednesday the novices attend the inter-novitiate program. This program is for all novices of the religious orders around Suva. Their Formators organize talks for them which include anger management, Mariology, and human development.
We grow a fair bit of our food. This includes root crops and vegetables. We also have some layers that provide us with fresh eggs of a morning. We also have some ducks for our own consumption and some for sale.
The novices and pre-novices are very hardworking and dedicated to the program. Thus, we enjoy a happy and stable community where “no one is a stranger, no one a foreigner, but all are brothers in the Heart of Christ.”
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