The Mission in Fiji
This largely Christian country was seeing a huge increase in teenage pregnancies, suicide, HIV AIDS cases, sexually transmitted infections, and child abuse. The Catholic Diocese of Fiji wanted nothing more than to act and prevent the horrors that were unfolding around them, but did not have enough tools to spread the message of Christ and His loving moral teachings.
The answer to the Diocese’s problem came when Mareta Tovata came across the Theology of the Body conference while searching for ways to combat these issues, and inspire young people in Fiji. Mareta learned Theology of the Body (TOB) shows the inner meaning of the Church’s teachings on human sexuality and responsible parenting. Mareta first introduced Fiji to Theology of the Body by the grace of God when Fr. Walter Schu, LC offered to come to Fiji and teach some courses in 2012.
In August of 2015, Catholic World Mission sponsored a second trip with Regnum Christi Mission Youth to Fiji to spread the highly popular program! Fr. Walter Schu, LC, Fr. John Paul Duran, LC, Mercedes Wilson, Dr. Paul Byrne, and his daughter Lisa Robbins helped lead the mission and train the volunteers prior to the mission. The program brought trained volunteers to bring the message of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and Natural Family Planning to the Archdiocese of Suva. Parish representatives from all of the islands came to be trained in the course to bring back to their home parishes. For two weeks over 30 people were trained to carry out Theology of the Body and Natural Family Planning
“The Theology of the Body has changed the way I act and feel. I had learnt so many life lessons."
- Student from Theology of the Body Class