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15 July 2016


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Hi Tony,
I have sent your message to the Franciscans at Waverley & Archbishop Sir
Brian Barnes who is in a Nursing home.I do have a few photos of the Friars including Fr Martin who had a heart attack in mid 1960s while he was Parish Priest at Suain. A quiet unassuming Friar who lived the Franciscan Way.He died too young.As you would know he did the design/layout of Seleo School.He also did the layout of the Leprosarium which is now the Raihu Hospital.If you send me your email address per Facebook Messenger I will send a few photos.
Take care & would be very interested to see your autobiography when completed Tony.

Rob Parer, I am an old boy of Franciscan Catechist Training Centre on Seleo Island. I was there from 1958 to 1961.

At the moment I am writing my autobiography and I have a chapter on my time on Seleo. For that purpose, I would love to have any copy of any photo of the Centre, especially of Fr Martin OFM who was its director for all those years.

I would appreciate any information you may have on where I can access this material if it exists. I am also trying to remember the name of the sawmiller at St Anna in 1958. I think he was a former lay missionary. His first name was Peter.

I know Archbishop Brian Barnes. He arrived as a young priest with Fr Terrence OFM in 1959 and he spent a short time teaching on Seleo before he went inland to found his parish of Monadin. I caught up later in Moresby when he became a police chaplain and later on as the Archbishop.

I will be in Sydney in January 2017 and would like to visit Archbishop Brian if you could kindly give me the address of the nursing home where he is, if you have it, that is.

Terry Trainor is a household name in and around Vanimo. I never met him as he went to Vanimo years after I had left. But his name is certainly his best legacy in West Sepik Province. RIP Terry.

Many thanks in advance Rob.

Who could forget 'Tea Strainer'. 'Hurrow,' his normal greeting for everyone.

Lovely bloke, heart as big as a house.

Proud to have known him.

West Sepik Province has kept the memory of Terry Trainor alive by naming a strip of land on the Vanimo waterfront 'Terry Trainor Park'. Rest in Peace Terry.

Terry mentioned playing tennis at Lumi with Frs Greg & Brian.

Fr Greg Bourke OFM retired from PNG after 50 years and is now in a nursing home Sydney.

Fr Brian Barnes, now Archbishop Sir Brian Barnes OFM, is also in a nursing home in Sydney.

After his time in Nuku and Lumi, Fr Brian was the Police Chaplain based in Moresby and travelled to every police station in PNG. Then he was appointed Bishop of the Aitape Diocese and finally the Archbishop of Port Moresby.

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