The Fruit of a Longstanding Relationship between the sister parishes of St. Canice in Australia and Railaco in Timor-Leste


Among the many good fruits cultivated by the two parishes is Jesuit scholastic, Bonifacio Bano Lay Ribeiro SJ. This 23-year-old Railaco parishioner has just taken his first vows as a Jesuit. 

Bonifacio first experienced the St Canice / Railaco relationship as a child benefitting from the Children’s Feeding Program, and also studied and graduated from the Railaco Jesuit Secondary School, NOSSEF.

Railaco Parish in Timor – Leste and St. Canice’s Parish in Australia have cultivated a very fruitful long-distancerelationship since the year of 2004. St. Canice’s parish in Australia has been supporting the Railaco Jesuit Mission in various humanitarian and education programs such as Feeding Program, Clinic of Nain Feto Virgem Maria, mobile clinic, and NOSSEF high school. Throughout these years and through these programs, we can see the impacts and the fruits of this longstanding relationship.