In what would be described as a colourful cultural “out of the roof experience”, Most Rev Donald Lippert, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Mendi, Papua New Guinea blessed the new St Alphonsa Church in Perapu.

The newly dedicated church is an outstation of St Paul Parish, Komo in the Catholic Diocese of Mendi.

The Prelate was received by Catholics members in the community in a refined “Huli Pageantry” which saw the display of the various cultural element in the Perapu setting.

A post sited by ADM NEWS by the Prelate describes the gesture as a warm and breathtaking experience for himself and participants. “The Huli pageantry is breathtaking. It is matched by their deep spiritual sense, Komo Hela Province”, he said.

Bishop Lippert also recounts the terrible landslide that occurred in Perapu years earlier noting that the encounter was a terrible site for many who fell prey to it.

The Catholic Diocese of Mendi is made up of the Southern Highlands Province and the Hela Province in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea.

The Diocese is described as a vibrant young church seeking to share the joy of the Gospel of Jesus through our parishes, schools, health centers – and in many other ways.

There are thirty parishes and pastoral areas in the Diocese of Mendi.   They are made up of many outstations.  There are almost 350 outstations in the diocese.

The diocese is broken up into three deaneries:  the Eastern Deanery and the Central Deanery contain parishes which are located in the Southern Highlands Province.  The Western Deanery contains parishes located in the Hela Province. In 2016 the diocese celebrated its Golden Jubilee.

Source: ADM NEWS

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