Port Moresby, Papua new Guinea, 29 July 2020 -- The Mary Our Help Hostel, Boroko, Port Moresby, had a session for the young ladies at the hostel residence on 25th July 2020. The ladies participated in a two-hour session, the topic of which was ‘Living Life with Right Relationships’.
Two guest speakers were invited to speak. They were young professional Catholics involved in the work force of Papua New Guinea and who are siblings. They are both actively involved as parishioners of St Joseph’s Parish and are members of the Parish Youth group.
The session opened with a lively song and a word of prayer. Fr Ambrose Pereira, SDB, introduced the session and invited the participants to reflect on their life and especially on their relationships. Father stressed on joy and happiness as individuals encounter the person they love. The recent abuse and murder of Jenelyn Kennedy, aged 19 years and mother of two children, was highlighted together with the need for young women to ensure that they will not follow the same fate of young Jenelyn.
Desmond Aigilo, aged 27 years, a Lawyer by profession, was the first speaker. Desmond has spoken to different groups of students and young people and has also been a speaker on the NBC Tribe FM Chat Room program entitled: ‘Live pure’. Desmond shared his grounding in the Bible and highlighted verses from Scripture that speak of the importance of being pure, rewards for purity and words of counsel.
Carol Aigilo, aged 32 years, an Environmentalist by profession, shared her reflections on life. She spoke of the Catholic values that she holds dear in her life. She shared on three figures in the Bible: Abigail, Deborah and Mary.
The presentations were followed by group discussions and questions which were an opportunity for the young ladies to ask questions and clear doubts about their relationships and the purity of their relationships. The questions were answered by a team on the panel consisting of the guest speakers, Carol and Desmond Aigilo, together with Fr Ambrose Pereira and Sr Carmencita Rodriguez, FMA.
At the end of the session the ladies requested for a second session to allow them to dwell deeper on developing lasting and happier relationships.