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The Capuchin Friars In Papua New Guinea
The Year of Our Lord 2005 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the mission apostolate of the Capuchin friars in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. This mission has developed into the fully established Diocese of Mendi now under the leadership of the Most Reverend Stephen Reichert, OFM Cap. Besides the Capuchin friars, there are four other religious communities of men and nine religious communities of women working in the diocese. Local diocesan priests and some from Poland, together with more than 350 catechists, and many volunteers from the Southern Highlands and other parts of the country serve the mission of the Church in the Mendi Diocese. This reality far surpasses the dream that the Capuchins had when they said "yes" to the urgent request from the Church through the Minister General fifty years ago.