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Kanabea-1Responding  to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, the Melbourne Archdiocese, under the leadership of Cardinal Knox, undertook the staffing and maintenance of the Kanabea mission, in the mountains of the Gulf Province of PNG.

The Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny were invited to be part of the team, and in 1971 the community was formed, with the Sisters being responsible for the school, the clinic, and various evangelisation activities. With the localisation of primary education, the sisters moved their educational involvement to the Flexible, Open Distance Education (FODE) program, successfully helping students to upgrade their secondary marks to enter tertiary institutes.

Kanabea-2With the increase of HIV  in the area, one sister is involved in AIDS testing and family counselling and pharmaceutical management in the hospital.

In recent years, Kanabea has been involved in the formation program for PNG Cluny aspirants.

Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny
Kanabea Private Bag
Lae Post Office
Morobe Province, PNG

Brought from South America and planted in the motherhouse grounds. Firmly rooted in the fertile earth, exposed to sun and wind, the gingko has flourised for 150 years.