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The Turning Wheel

Columban Missionaries in Fiji


The Turning Wheel narrates the work of the Columban missionaries in Fiji over 65 years. It also traces in summary form the changes that have happened in Fiji and in the Catholic Church there during that time. It traces the maturing of a Church that in the 1950s was completely dependent on missionaries but which is now sending out its own missionaries. 

There are four parts in the book. Part I deals with the development of parishes and schools; part II with the renewal that took place after Vatican II until the first coups d'etat in Fiji. Part III deals with the Columbans' response to the coups and their mentoring of local missionaries, both ordained and lay. Part IV examines and evaluates the different aspects of the missionary work done over the 65 years. There are many human stories in the 300 pages of the Turning Wheel and 149 photos to illustrate the text.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the book, please contact Kate Kenny at or toll-free at 1-877-299-1920.