WELCOME TO THE JUBILEE YEAR - 40 YEARS THIS YEAR

 

SONG FOR THE 40th ANNIVERSARY OF PRS: 1973-2013
KEY G MAJOR 4/4 TIME STYLE - BALLAD ANALOG
Words and Music by Rev. Mikaele Paunga sm; Easter Sunday, 2013

In 1966, Pope Paul the VI
Decreed the raising, of Oceania Churches
From status of, Apostolic Vicariates
To the status, of Dioceses

 

In line with the mind, of Vatican II
Pacific Bishop Conference, was inaugurated
The first Plenary Assembly, in 1968 (68)
Gave it the name, the CEPAC Bishops

 

Chorus:
We praise and thank our God always
For the 40 years of our existence now (HERE)
We,ve been blessed with many priests
To serve the people of God, in all our island nations

 

The third Plenary Assembly, they studied carefully,
The possibility, of a regional seminary
For the formation, of local clergy,
Imbued with truth and holiness

 

That same assembly, passed the motion
To acquire the land, for the seminary
The Archbishop of Suva, George Pearce
Was mandated, to find a land in Suva

 

(Chorus)

 

1970

The fourth Plenary Assembly, in 1971(71)
Passed the motion, to start the seminary
They started in Suva, in 1972 (72)
They moved to this site, in 1973 (73)

The original Idea, of PRS
Was to form, good local priests
In their cultures, in their contexts
In their Land, and in their Ocean


(Chorus)

 

INSTRUMENTAL (Modulate (to A)

 

In article I, of its constitution,
It gave a name, to the Institution
It is to be known, Pacific Regional Seminary (PRS)
Under the patronage, St. Peter Chanel

A name that indicates, the particular character
And the spirit, of the place
It seeks to incorporate, Pacific traits,
Pacific values, of all particular local Churches

 

(Chorus)


FINALE -
St Peter Chanel, pray for us
PRS, PRS, PRS
We love you!

 

Ecclesia Particularis - is a term from Vatican II, for the local churches

 

About Us

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 prs40years@gmail.com , if possible by early July. [Alternatively by mail which can be sent to Private Mail Bag, 79, Suva, Fiji]