Chaplaincy service

USP has appointed Chaplain and a Section (Campus life) that assists in the development of opportunities on our campuses (especially Laucala Campus Suva, Fiji) for students, staff of various faiths to practice their religion while being part of the University Community.

The University has developed a Religion and Belief Policy that was accepted by University Senate in 2016 which gives overall direction to all members of the USP Family in regards to religious activities on all Campuses across the Pacific.

The purpose of the Religion and Belief Policy is to reinforce the fact that The University of The South Pacific is a diverse community of people many of whom have religious and other beliefs. As part of its commitment to equality and diversity and to creating a tolerant and inclusive community, the University recognises it is important that all are treated with equal dignity and respect, which includes respect for religious or other beliefs.

The University is concerned with permitting and facilitating the free practice of religion by its staff and students on its numerous Campuses and Centres. The USP Religion and Belief Policy details the ways in which the University demonstrates respect for religious and other faith based beliefs. This policy also covers non-belief. The University recognises the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. The University does not seek to control or restrict religious activity but rather to provide a means, as described below, for its expression.

However, people while giving expression to their belief individually or in association should be sensitive in seeking to spread their religious belief and avoid any action, which suggests coercion, dishonest or unworthy persuasion. Employees and students are not to engage in proselytising while on University property. The right to manifest beliefs is qualified by the need to protect the rights and freedoms of others.

The University is home to a Chaplaincy at Laucala Campus that promotes friendly relations between different religions and faith traditions.

The University does not allow open proselytising. All religious faith- based organizations which are wishing to have access to and use USP facilities and hold religious activities on any campus of USP must be registered and approved annually. Approved Religious Groups will be granted access to closed USP Rooms (where possible) to meet with their members during each semester.

In addition, the University promotes opportunities for understanding of various faiths and non-faith beliefs by openly encouraging participation in various religious festivals on campus each year such as Easter; Prophet Muhammed’s birthday: Holi; Christmas;

On-campus religious groups and services should be registered with GM Campus Life. For further information please contact Campus Life Office or email chaplain(at)usp.ac.fj

Approved religious groups

Name of Approved USP Religious Group 2021 Academic Year 

Group Contact

Laucala Campus

1.  USP Cell Group

Email: ilimotama.cawi@usp.ac.fj 

USP Chaplains Rostered Services

Pastor Marika Qalomai - Senior Chaplain

Services Provided:

Spiritual Counselling & Advice, Prayers,  Biblical and Spiritual Inquiries, USP Community Visits, Official USP ceremony Liaison, referrals to USP Chaplains’ in-charge of relevant spiritual disciplines, Religious Body Registrations, Marriage Counselling.

Sessions

Monday               1.00pm – 2.00pm

Wednesday         1.00pm – 2.00pm

Friday                   1.00pm – 2.00pm

Phone (mobile): 9251990/ 7417423 (after hours call)

Email: qalomai_m@usp.ac.fj /chaplain@usp.ac.fj

Mr. Rohit Deo - Associate Chaplain


Services Provided:

Spiritual Counselling & Advice, Prayers, Mantra Meditation, Vedic Scripture Readings, Eastern Philosophical and Spiritual Inquiries

Daily Timeless Spiritual Wisdom Messages [sent on emails] upon request from USP Staff and Students, referrals to USP Chaplains’ in-charge of relevant spiritual disciplines.

Sessions

Monday               11.00am – 12.00pm

Tuesday               11.00pm – 12.00pm

Wednesday         2.00pm – 3.00pm

Thursday             5.00pm – 7.00pm

Friday                   2.00pm – 3.00pm

Phone (mobile): 9588836 (after hours call)

Email: deo_r@usp.ac.fj

Pastor Peni Waqakibau - Associate Chaplain


Services Provided:

Spiritual Counselling & Advice, Prayers, Biblical and Spiritual Inquiries, USP Community Visits, Marriage Counselling.
Daily Bread Messages [sent on emails] upon request from USP Staff and Students, referrals to USP Chaplains’ in-charge of relevant spiritual disciplines.

Sessions

Monday        8.00am – 11.00am / 12.00pm – 4.30pm

Tuesday        8.00am – 11.00am / 12.00pm – 4.30pm

Wednesday  8.00am – 11.00am / 12.00pm – 4.30pm

Thursday       8.00am – 11.00am / 12.00pm – 4.30pm

Friday            8.00am – 11.00am / 12.00pm – 4.30pm

Phone (mobile): 2738538 (after hours call)

Email: waqakibau_p@usp.ac.fj

Pastor Satendra Kumar - Associate Chaplain

Services Provided:

Spiritual Counselling & Advice, Prayers, Biblical Scripture Readings, Biblical Philosophical and Spiritual Inquiries, Virtual Worship, referrals to USP Chaplains’ in-charge of relevant spiritual disciplines.

Sessions

Monday               2.00pm – 3.00pm

Wednesday         2.00pm – 3.00pm

Friday                   2.00pm – 3.00pm

Phone (mobile): 9975182 (after hours call)

Email: kumar_s@usp.ac.fj