On Sunday June 21 Fr. Joachim, our Superior General, received the” Companion of the Order of the Star of Melaneisa” (CSM). The Medal was conferred by the Governor General of Papua New Guinea, Sir Michael Oglio, at the conclusion of the Eucharist at St.Joseph’s Church Boroko, where Sir Michael was once a parishioner when Fr Joachim was the Parish Priest. Also present was the former Prime Minister Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

It is the third highest civilian honour of Papua New Guinea and is rarely given to a religious leader. Fr. Joachim was awarded this honour for his services to the community as a Catholic priest in pastoral care among the Sepik and National Capital communities and in the formation of National Religious of the Passionist Congregation.

Congratulations Fr. Joachim!


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