By Father Ver Aro MSP
My appointment to the Western Province of Papua New Guinea was the start of my journey ad gentes – ‘to the nations.’ It was a kind of pilgrimage that led me to embrace the value of a very special vocation, to proclaim the Good News to a people and culture where Jesus’ words are unknown by most and when heard are often considered absurd.
I started to learn the local language, familiarize myself with the people I was serving, get acquainted with their culture and love the community. I also caught malaria. After only five months I was uprooted from the area because of an urgent need elsewhere. My superior transferred me to the Diocess of Vanimo in Sandaun Province.