Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2023.

Degree Name

Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL)


Eduardo C. Fernández


This research has undertaken the study of the role of religious women in the work of evangelization among the Fijian people between 1882 and 1974. Using the methods of historical research and an interdisciplinary approach, which includes disciplines of history, theology, spirituality, missiology, and cultural anthropology, this work evaluates the work of religious women and the immense contribution they have made to the Fijian Catholic Church and society, particularly in the areas of education and healthcare despite not receiving recognition for their work. The study revealed that women religious who helped to build the Catholic Church in Fiji and lay Fijian women took serious responsibility for passing on the faith to their own people. The work of Archbishop Peter Chong today in helping to provide a voice for women remains an important part of the unfolding narrative of the Fijian Catholic Church, particularly in the on-going effort to build a Christian Community that values and respects the contributions of women and men as equal partners in God’s vineyard.

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