LOCATION

461 Queen Elizabeth Drive
Nasese, Suva, Fiji

Phone: (679) 330 2224

Fax: (679) 330 3882

MAILING ADDRESS

Private Mail Bag 79,
Suva, Fiji


E-Mail prs@connect.com.fj

 

Pacific Regional Seminary offers training for the Roman Catholic priesthood for candidates from the various dioceses of CEPAC and for religious congregation with houses affiliated to the Seminary.

Pacific Regional Seminary offers a Diploma in Theology and a Bachelor of Divinity which are accredited by the South Pacific Association of Theological Schools (SPATS). In addition since it is affiliated to the Urbaniana University in Rome the students of PRS who complete the requirements can also obtain a Bachelor of Theology degree.

Explore this website to find out more about the seminary, its mission and the various aspects of its programs, the people involved (faculty, staff and students) its governance, library and enrolment.

 

PRS in 2016

The beginning
The year opened in the usual way with the Orientations - Moderators first, the faculty and then the Year One and Year Six (ex- pastoral year students). There were two new moderators in 2016, Frs. Donald Melteras (Port Vila) and Liqorio Raulutegu (Suva). It has been good to welcome back some of more recent graduates to the staff. Otherwise the faculty remained much the same as in 2015, though Fr Jim Hoe SDB took up the role of Dean of Studies who finished up his term in 2015.


At the start of the year, two key members of the faculty were on sabbatical. Frs Falani Terry sm (for two terms) and Mika Paunga sm (for the first term). As usual Fr Iona Tatau came back from Kiribati to take up the lecturing in Canon Law and again he finished up his work by the end of the first term.

 

2Student Body
The student numbers have stayed about the same for the last three years. In 2016 there are 119 in class on campus, compared to 117 in 2015 (and 123 in 2014). The number of student in diocesan college again decreased slightly to 50 (from 57 in 2015, and 60 in 2014).

 

New Members of the Senate

We were informed at the end of 2015 that there would be some changes in the membership of the Senate in 2016. In the March meeting of the Senate, Bishop Amando Samo (Diocese of the Carolines) bowed out after a long period of great service to the PRS Senate. He has been replaced by Bishop Peter Brown CSSR of the Diocese of Samoa-Pagopago who made his first meeting in August. The chairmanship of the Senate also changed at midyear with Archbishop Peter Loy Chong taking over the chairmanship from Soane Cardinal Mafi, who had replaced Archbishop Petero Mataca when he retired.

 

Cyclone Winston
Cyclone Winstone struck the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu on 20th February 2016. It proved to be the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in the South Pacific in recorded history with winds of 230kmph just before hitting northern Viti Levu. Suva, further south, was not badly hit but the winds proved strong enough for most of those at the seminary to huddle inside for the few hours it was most intense.


6 We were following the path of the cyclone closely but it kept changing direction as it got closer to Viti Levu. At one time it seemed it was going to go south of Kadavu but then it moved further north and hit northern Viti Levu with great destructive power.

 

 


Text Box: 2 Nailing down some loose iron before the cyclone struck with real force.Just before the strong winds hit us, diocesan college was busy nailing down some lapping that was beginning to flap in the stronger winds. This work was finished two hour or less before the main force of the storm hit Suva.
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3 Some of the mess in the compound after the hurricane
Next morning there was a lot broken branches and many leaves but we found ourselves relatively unscathed - a few small trees blown down, some windows blown in and a lot of mess. But with a few hours’ work our compound was relatively clean again. We were extremely fortunate but those on the other side of the island were truly devastated. Even months later there are many still living in tents and many schools without roofs in northern Viti Levu

our news

Death of Fr John Broadbent

On the First Sunday of Advent, Monsignor John Broadbent, died after a short spell in Wellington hospital.   His life as a priest took him to many places, and many forms of priestly service.  Born in the United Kingdom, Msgr John’s family migrated to New Zealand when he was a child, and settled in Nelson.

Martin (Maletino) Fakatika Ordained as Permanent Deacon

For the first time in the history of Pacific Regional Seminary, a current seminarian died while part of the student body. Apisai Tovata, a year 6 student from the Archdiocese of Suva, collapsed while working the garden on Saturday morning 15th October. He was rushed to hospital with pains in his chest.

Death of Apisai Tovata

For the first time in the history of Pacific Regional Seminary, a current seminarian died while part of the student body. Apisai Tovata, a year 6 student from the Archdiocese of Suva, collapsed while working the garden on Saturday morning 15th October. He was rushed to hospital with pains in his chest.

GRADUATION ON NOVEMBER 4TH 2016

On Friday November 4th the end of the academic year was marked by the graduation. Bishop John Bosco Baremes sm, Bishop of Port Vila was the guest speaker for the occasion and he presided at the closing Eucharist and presented the Diplomas and Degrees certificates to those who were graduating.

GRADUATION WITH DIPLOMA OF THEOLOGY

On Friday November 4th the following Year 3 students (16 in total) graduated with the Diploma of Theology: