The Episcopal Conference of the Pacific - Conferentia Episcopalis Pacifici, (CEPAC) - was formally inaugurated on 26th March 1968. CEPAC is a permanent institution in which the Bishops of certain Pacific Island dioceses, according to the norms of law, exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of their territories, especially through forms and programmes which are adapted to the present circumstances and needs of the Pacific Islands (Code of Canon Law: Canon 447)
The Episcopal Conference of the Pacific is constituted by diocesan bishops and those equivalent to them in law, of the Archdioceses of Papeete, Noumea, Suva, Samoa-Apia and Agana and all ecclesiastical territories suffragan or aggregated to them, and the Diocese of Tonga. This means that the following dioceses and archdioceses make up the Conference;Agana (Guam), Caroline Islands (FM), Chalan Kanoa (Saipan, Marianas), Noumea (New Caledonia), Port Vila (Vanuatu), Wallis and Futuna, Suva (Fiji), Tonga, Tarawa and Nauru (Kiribati) Samoa-Apia (Samoa), Samoa-Pagopago (American Samoa) Tonga and Niue, Papeete (Tahiti), Rarotonga (Cook Islands), Taiohae ou Tefenuaenata (Marquesas Islands); and in addition the prefecture Apostolic of the Marshall Islands, Missio Sui Iuris of Funafuti (Tuvalu) and Missio Sui Iuris of Tokelau.
CEPAC DIOCESES WITHIN THE DOTTED AREA
Pacific Regional Seminary has been offering training for the Roman Catholic priesthood for the various dioceses in the Pacific and for religious congregations with houses affiliated to the seminary since 1972.
During this year, 1973, we are celebrating our 40 years at the present site at Nasese, Suva Point. The celebration is centred on the last weekend of August, 23rd to 25th August with three day of presentations on the documents of Vatican II as they relate to seminary formation and to priestly life. All former students and faculty are invited to join in the celebration either by coming in person or joining in spirit from the different parts of the world. The same invitation is expressed to former staff members.
If you are coming, please notify us by email to email@example.com , if possible by early July. [Alternatively by mail which can be sent to Private Mail Bag, 79, Suva, Fiji]