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Brother of martyr in Papua New Guinea appeal

29 May 2015

Memory: Patrick Redlich's book, published in 2012 

Memory: Patrick Redlich's book, published in 2012 

THE brother of a Papua New Guinea martyr is helping to fund a teachers' college in his memory.

The Revd Vivian Redlich was one of the Gona New Guinea martyrs - a group of missionaries who were thought to have been killed by Japanese forces during the invasion. A few years ago, however, relatives of tribesmen who, they said, had killed Fr Redlich confessed that they felt cursed by the murder.

His brother, Patrick Redlich, visited New Guinea to offer forgiveness and attend a service of reconciliation, which was attended by 1500 people. As he was leaving, the Bishop at that time, the Rt Revd Joe Kopata, spoke with him about the need for a college to train teachers to work in remote areas, where there is much illiteracy.

Mr Redlich, who now lives in Australia, donated the profits from his book about his brother's life and death to the project, the Vivian Redlich Teachers' College. It was partly constructed, but government money had not yet materialised, Mr Redlich said, and work on the college, where every building would be named after one of the martyrs, had stalled.

An appeal for the $A500,000 (about £254,000) needed has been launched. Donations can be sent to Fr Redlich's former parish, Dewsbury, where he was a curate, c/o the Revd E. Lee, The Minster Church of All Saints, Rishworth Road, Dewsbury WF12 8DD.

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