Papua New Guinean Brother Makes Solemn Profession
Last month, Br. John Olkin made Solemn Profession in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart Brothers on Mission Hill, Wewak. On the previous day three Brothers—Joachim, Nevol and Reginald renewed their Temporary Vows
Both the renewal of Vows and Solemn Vows were accepted by Br. Augustine.
During the Solemn Profession ceremony Br. John specifically renounced certain traditional rights—which include that of being a protector of the family. The renunciation took the form of John returning bow and spears to his father because his family now is the religious family of Saint John of God. His father then formally gave John to the Order.
The Order expanded to Papua New Guinea in 1971 while that country was still under Australian administration. For ten years it conducted the Cheshire Home in Port Moresby for the Cheshire Foundation Homes of Papua New Guinea. Today the Order in Papua New Guinea is orientated towards rural health care and most Papua New Guinean members train in that area of health service