In May UK Associates of CSM had an online meeting with representatives from the Community of the Sisters of Melanesia. Associates from across the UK joined the online meeting, together with Sr Lovelyn, Sr Annie (Head Sister) Sr Everill (CSM Secretary) Sr Mildred (Elder Sister, Pogo Household) Sr Hallys (Assistant Head Sister) and Sr Susan (student at Bishop Patteson School of Theology). We were grateful to ACoM for providing a meeting room and internet connection and making this online meeting possible.
The sisters were also joined by Flory (CSM Administrator) and Companion Harrison Tahimana, who is the Architect and Project Manager of the CSM Chapel Project. It was a joy to share in morning prayer and to hear the latest news from Verana’aso.
During the meeting Jocelyn Squires was admitted as a new UK Associate by Fr Brian Macdonald-Milne. Jocelyn is a long-time supporter of the religious communities in Solomon Islands following her visit in 1999.
Companion Harrison gave a presentation on the CSM chapel project and showed photographs of the work to date. The former chapel has been dismantled and work will begin on the new building in the next couple of weeks. It was good to look at the designs of the new chapel and to hear that some of those involved in the construction of St Mark’s Chapel at Tabalia are also involved in this project. UK Associates were also joined online by Pru Haldane in Brisbane. Pru is a longstanding supporter and fundraiser for CSM and has recently sent 5000 Australia dollars raised through local fundraising to the community.
The Sisters updated us on their fundraising for the chapel to date. £70,000 has been raised so far, but more is needed to see this project through to completion. The Sisters reported that they will be asking Associates in Solomon Islands to raise £10,000 before the end of the year. UK Associates would like to match this amount and encourage UK supporters of the Sisters to donate to the Chapel appeal so that the Sisters and Novices can have a safe and modern chapel where they can meet to worship together once more.
HOW TO DONATE
There are a number of ways you can give to the UK Associates’ CSM Chapel Appeal.
By Cheque: Payable to The Melanesian Mission. Post cheques to: The Melanesian Mission, 21 The Burlands, Feniton, Honiton, EX14 3UN. Please use the reference ‘CSM Chapel’. To Gift Aid your donation please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a Gift Aid form.
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