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Columban history in book

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Update: 8:53PM FATHER Peter Long Chong launched Father Frank Hoare's latest book titled 'The Turning Wheel' at the Archbishop Mataca Hall in Raiwaqa earlier this afternoon.

Father Hoare said his book was based on the Columban Missionaries in Fiji from 1952 to 2017.

"The inspiration for this book came from Donal Mcllraith who has a great sense of celebrating anniversaries," he said.

"The book explains how Columbans tried to encourage local seminarians to learn Fiji Hindi with the people."

"We hoped that in this way, at least some locals would, as priests, continue to study Hindi and reach out to the Hindus and Muslims in Fiji as some missionaries have tried to do."

Father Hoare said the book was suitable for everyone to read and to explore the history of how Columban Missionaries worked in Fiji since 1952.

"I thank everyone for coming to this book launch and I must say that all those who read this book will enjoy it and find happy memories of people whose journey intersected with yours," he said. 

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