IN their last moments together, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong assured his flailing predecessor that the church is in good hands.
In yesterday's resurrection mass for the late church leader, Archbishop Chong shared that during the late Archbishop Mataca's last moments, he shared some of his concerns for the church and reassured him that he always prayed for him (Archbishop Chong) and the church.
The late Catholic Church leader envisioned a church that is self-ministering, self-supporting and self-propagating.
"He believed the church would be self-ministering when the local people provide for all the essential services needed for the life of the church," Archbishop Chong told of their conversation.
"Archbishop Mataca stressed that the immediate challenge for the church in Fiji was to increase the number of local priests, religious brothers and sisters and foster the active participation of the laity.
"He believed the church would be self-propagating when the local people were actively involved in the mission of the church rather than being dependent on foreign missionaries."
Archbishop Chong said his flailing predecessor had prepared well for his homecoming.
"He did not have the opportunity to fulfil his retirement plans to retire in Yasawa and fish, however, retired to his eternal home where he joins the great fishermen in heaven and celebrate the catch of their lives."