ARCHBISHOP elect of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese (RCA) Peter Loy Chong and Archbishop Emeritus Petero Mataca yesterday visited 25 seminarians of the church at Nakayaga in Bua on Vanua Levu as part of their assessment in their priesthood training.
Retired Archbishop Mataca said the seminarians were on a spiritual quest and renewal at the seat of the RCA in Nakayaga before they continued with their theological education at the Pacific Regional Seminary in Suva.
Speaking at the centre, he said the spiritual retreat was at its early stages of development and plans were in progress to develop it into a place of spiritual awakening for seminarians.
"The retreat is also being earmarked to be a centre for spiritual renewal for those priests serving in Vanua Levu," said Archbishop Mataca.
Tucked away in a secluded pristine area of the Kubulau forests in Bua, the retreat sits on a hill with an amazing view of the Kubulau shoreline.
"The environment within Nakayaga is a perfect spot where priests can come over and meditate, meet other priests whom they served with before returning to their normal calling in the parishes where they serve," he said.
Archbishop elect Father Chong said the place would need to develop a proper strategic plan to ensure the place had a sense of purpose and that it served its full functions.
"We are currently in Nakayaga to asses the seminarians from all over the country who are in the retreat and it has been a special bonding for this special people, the seminarians, as we talk more of our passion to serve," he said.
The two RCA heads will be in Nakayaga until they complete the assessment of the 25 seminarians who are currently there.