Bottom Left: Fr Niran Veigas SVD (back right) and Fr Hung Nguyen SVD with students from the local school.

The SVDs has accomplished one year in the Tiwi Islands in Australia. The Tiwi Islands is a remote and culturally significant region in Australia's Northern Territory. Among the prominent communities on the islands, Wurrumiyanga stands out as a place where Catholicism has deep influence in the lives of the local Tiwi people.

The 17th Death Anniversary of Servant of God Marian Zelazek, SVD, was celebrated with great enthusiasm and reverence at various places in Puri, Odisha, on Sunday, 30th April 2023. Father Marian, popularly called BAPA, left for his eternal reward on this day in 2006 at the Jeebaramji Leprosy Colony near Lokanath Temple in Puri. On the day he died, BAPA participated in the ASTA PRAHARI organized on AKHAYA TRITIYA at the leprosy colony. He was returning to his vehicle when his call came to leave his KARMA BHOOMI for his eternal reward.

The senior confreres of the SVD AUS Province might have stepped away from missionary duties in Papua New Guinea and other places, or full-time ministry in Australia, but you’ll still find most of them up and out of bed by 6am and continuing to pursue mission in different ways.

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