• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 07:07

New book shares insights into daily life for a missionary in PNG


Fr Kevin Cantwell at book launch 450Fr Kevin Cantwell SVD has launched a book of reminiscences of his time as a missionary in Papua New Guinea, in which he says the focus is not on him, but on the people of PNG, the missionaries who have served there, and the lay catechists and local church members. 

Fr Kevin, who turned 90 in October, was a missionary in PNG from 1976 to 2003, first on the Sepik River and then in the Highlands, having been transferred there at the age of 48, after 16 years of appointments in Australia, including a time as Provincial.

Launching his book, Missionary, at a gathering of confreres, friends and fellow-missionaries from the PNG days, and in the presence of SVD Superior-General Fr Heinz Kuluke, Fr Kevin said it was not so much a continuous story but a collection of thoughts and experiences.

“The focus is on the people of PNG,” he said. “I wanted to show the character of the people.”

Fr Kevin book cover 300He said the book also had two other over-arching aims.

“I would like to create more mission awareness, and perhaps somewhere along the line, it could be used as a vocational tool,” he said.

“By showing some of the daily life of a missionary, it becomes more realistic and shows the missionary embedded in the daily life of PNG. And that life is a very interesting, challenging and spiritually fulfilling life.

“I hope it also shows the missionary as being not so much a ‘Holy Joe’ but a worker in the vineyard.”

Speaking at the launch, Fr Wim Valckx SVD, said the book came as a surprise to Fr Kevin’s confreres living at Marsfield.

“We would often tell him to write down his remembrances in a book, but what we didn’t realise was that he was doing just that,” Fr Wim said.

“This story is not just Kevin’s but a story about our missionary life. The book is full of insight. All these stories are little gems, often with something hilarious in them, without ever being disrespectful of the people.”

In officially launching the book, Fr Heinz thanked Fr Kevin for writing it.

“I’d like to thank you for this beautiful book,” he said. “It fills an important vacuum. We have many books about mission, but very few books of stories of the missionary life.

“I’m sure it will inspire a love missionaries worldwide.”

PHOTO, TOP RIGHT: SVD Superior-General Fr Heinz Kuluke and Provincial Fr Henry Adler congratulate Fr Kevin Cantwell on the launch of his book, Missionary (pictured, bottom left).