Fr. Bobby P. Sagra MSP

Disciples of Mother Teresa

By: Fr. Bobby P. Sagra, MSP

A personal experience of working with the Missionaries of Charity Sisters of Kerema, gulf Province, Papua New Guinea.

It had been more than a year now, since I arrived here in Kerema, taking the position of a Parish Priest. The Sisters Superior of the Missionaries of Charity Sisters told me upon my arrival that one of my responsibilities is to take care of the spiritual needs of their small community of six sisters. This means acting as their Father Confessor on a bi- weekly basis, and also giving them spiritual talks on the various aspects of their religious life. With cheerfulness I assumed the position, not only on the spiritual needs of the people and the sisters, but also of the challenging pastoral work of visiting the villages around Kerema.

Life and Death among the Kamea

By: Fr. Bobby Sagra, MSP

‘As a Filipino missionary, I am not a stranger to his experience of life and death... I came from a country whose misery of death and Hope of life is deeply felt year after year’.

Here in Papua New Guinea I serve the Kamea people. A few months ago, I brought a sick man of the Kamea people to the Kokipi Health Center. The man was suffering from cerebral Malaria. He was already in a state of coma and just moaning in pain when we took off on our small river dingy from Putei. We left at 4:00 p.m. and after cruising the winding Tauri River for six hours, we arrive at Kokipi in the night. He was given immediate medical attention, but on the following morning there was no sign of improvement. The nurse in-charge made speedy arrangements by radio for the man to be brought to Kerema Government Hospital.

Life is a Poem...That often Doesn’t Rhyme

By Fr. Bobby Sagra MSP

Mass  under the Trees
I am assigned in one of the out – stations of the Catholic Mission her in Kerema, Papua new Guinea. The area is called Wanto and there are seven clusters of villages in the remote mountain range. The house for the priest is now under construction. There is no church building yet. During great liturgical celebrations like Christmas and Easter, we just hold our Mass right outside in the open air. The people here are called Camias, they speak their own “tok ples” or native language. so far, I can pick up only a few words like “Aoadi” which means “Thank you” “Aoena” means “morning” and Aoamongati” which means “beautiful”, right now it is rainy season here, and being thickly forested, we have rains everyday, especially in the afternoon and in the evening.

Where Trees Still Grow

By: Fr. Bobby Sagra, MSP

Two Months Old
Last November 14, 1990 I arrived here in Kerema, Gulf province, Papua New Guinea. I was only two months and seven days old as a missionary priest on the day of my arrival.

My first experienced of “missionary initiation” was walking four days four days from Putei the main parish where I am assistant parish priest, to Wanto, the outmission station located in a hidden valley in the remote mountains. On December 12, I started walking together with one guide and two local seminarians.