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Book on history of Columban missionaries

Vilimaina Naqelevuki
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

THE Turning Wheel is a book based on the history of Columban missionaries in Fiji from 1952 to 2017 and was launched on Sunday by Archbishop Peter Loy Chong at the Archbishop Mataca Hall in Raiwaqa.

Father Frank Hoare, who is the author, said the name of the book was derived from churches of Asia and Pacific that were now the mission sending churches.

"Young churches of Asia and Pacific are now the mission sending churches, that is the reason for the name of the book — the wheel is turning, those who were the subjects of missions are now the missionaries," Father Hoare said.

Father Hoare conducted interviews with Columban pioneers who arrived in Fiji in 1952 along with interviews of those living in the country. As part of the Columban's centenarian celebrations, Father Donald Mcllraith wanted them to write about the columban's history in Fiji.

"So as our contribution to our centenarian celebrations, he wanted us to write our history in Fiji," Father Hoare said. He said his book would interest Christians who wanted to know how God spread the word of love among his believers.

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