A quick overview of key moments in 3 min
History of 'Apifo'ou College
If you're looking for a summary of the key moments in the history of 'Apifo'ou set out in a chronological manner, then look no further than the 'About' page of this website which gives you a quick rundown of the key developments in just three minutes. You may read or access it here
Diary of 'Apifo'ou College 1946-1950
Fr. John H. M. Rodgers
The first 23 pages of this important document covering the years 1941-1945 are presumed to have been lost at 'Apifo'ou. The diary was mostly typed up by the Principal himself (Fr Rodgers) but there are also parts done by Pauli Tonga (head tutor). You may read or download it here
Timeline of the Catholic Church in Tonga
Compiled by F. Tavo
This historical timeline covering one hundred years of the Catholic Church in Tonga (1836-1936) was compiled by alumnus F. Tavo based on writings of some of Tonga's earlier bishops such as Soane Patita, Olepio, Tipasa II & Tipanio. You may read or download a copy of it here.
'Among the Southerners of the Pacific'
P. Soane Malia aka Tipanio
Published by Tipanio in Lyons and Paris in 1910 or two years before he became bishop of Tonga, he writes about Tonga for his audience back home in France. Although the text is in French, we reproduce it here as it is a rare text to find. If you're up to it, please read or download it here.
Marist Missionaries to Tonga 1842-1942
Compiled by F. Tavo
A listing of all the French Marist Missionaries who worked in Tonga during the first 1 hundred years of the Catholic Church there (1842-1942), some of whom worked at AFC. Gratitude to the Marist Archives in Rome for the pictures of the missionaries. You may read or download it here.
Tohi fanongonongo 'a 'Epikopo 'Olepio 1892
Bishop Jean-Amand Lamaze
This booklet in Tongan was produced by Tonga's Bishop Soane 'Amato Lamaze ('Olepio) in 1892 to mark the Golden Jubilee of the Catholic Church in Tonga. Thanks to the Auckland Council Libraries who kindly made it available on the internet, you may now read or download it here
Marist Presence & Perceptions in Tonga
Dr. Caroline Toutain
This is an English translation by alumnus F. Tavo of an important study on the history of the Catholic Church in Tonga by Caroline Toutain based for the most part on the writings of the French Marist missionaries who had worked in Tonga. Read or download a copy of it here.
Booklet in honor of 'Apifo'ou 1961 Jubilee
Fr. David W. Mullins
Gratitude to Sakopo Lolohea for making this resource available to be posted here, and by extension to Visesio Selesitino Moala for having kept it after all these years and kindly sharing it with the AFC family. This booklet is written in Tongan and English. Read or download it here
Tohi Fanonongo 'a Tipanio 'i he ta'u 1915
Bishop Joseph F. Blanc aka Tipanio
This circular letter in Tongan on the importance of Catholic education was occasioned by the Government's withdrawal of funding to Catholic schools in 1913. It ends with a prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus that Catholic students are urged to pray. Please read or download it here
St John's High School & St Ann's High School
Taumu'a Lelei December 1963
Taumu'a Lelei of December 1963 announcing the relocation of St John's High School from Makamaka to 'Apifo'ou and the start of St Ann's High School for girls at Makamaka, both to take place in 1964 for students taking on the New Zealand syllabus. Read or download it here
St Mary's High School Golden Jubilee tribute
Sr. Kalolaine Sikimeti
This booklet in English was put together by Sr Kalo Sikimeti to mark the 50th Anniversary of St Mary's High School which ex-students commemorated with a 4-day reunion in Tonga on Dec 28-31, 2014. Thanks to alumna 'Unaloto
Lolohea, you may now read or download it here
A Man With A Mission: Bishop John Rodgers
Fr. David W. Mullins
Written and published in 1998 by a former Principal of 'Apifo'ou (Fr David Mullins), A Man with a Mission is about one of the longest serving Principals of 'Apifo'ou (1941-1953) who later became bishop of Tonga till 1972. Thanks to alumnus Sakopo Lolohea, you may read it here.
First Ever Tongan Catholic Newspaper
Editors: Bishops 'Olepio & Tipasa II
Well before the Taumu'a Lelei, there was 'Ko e Fafagu' (The Bell) which was the first ever Tongan Catholic newspaper published by Bishops 'Olepio and Tipasa II from Feb 1892 to Oct 1910. A few numbers are missing from this collection and some aren't legible. Read it here
Copies of the Taumu'a Lelei from 1951-1964
Editor: Fr. John Rodgers
The Taumu'a Lelei first appeared from June 1929 to October 1939 with Tipanio as editor, but alas World War II made it impossible to continue. It started again in March 1951 with Soane Hupeto as editor. The copies here are from 1951 to 1964 with a few missing numbers. Read it here
When You Go To Tonga
Fr. Edward A. Tremblay
Patele 'Etuate spent most of his missionary endeavors in Ha'apai. This book recalls those endeavors which was published in 1954 upon his return to USA due to ill-health. Read it here.
They Built A Church: Priests of Tonga R.I.P.
Fr. David W. Mullins
This book provides a short biography of all the priests who had worked in Tonga until the date of publication in 2004. Gratitude to 'Etuate 'Isaake Manu jr of Auckland NZ for the PDF. Read it here.
Hisitolia o Toga
Bishop Joseph Blanc - Tipanio
'Hisitolia o Toga' was a series of articles in Tongan that 'Epikopo Tipanio published in the Taumu'a Lelei from 1929-1934, here taken from different issues of the Taumua Lelei. Read it here.
A History of Tonga or Friendly Islands
Bishop Blanc & Charles S. Ramsay
This is an English translation of 'Epikopo Tipanio's 'Hisitolia o Toga' by Charles S. Ramsay published as a book in 1934. Gratitude to 'Etuate 'Isaake Manu jr of Auckland NZ for the PDF. Read it here.
Diary of AFC's Patron Saint, Peter Chanel
St. Peter Chanel
This diary of 'Apifo'ou's Patron Saint covers the years 1837-1839 when he was on the island of Futuna. As shown above, he wrote by hand in French. This English translation is taken from Ever Your Poor Brother translated by Marist priests William Stuart and Tony Ward in 1991. Read it here
Peter Chanel of Futuna: Making of a Saint
Professor Hugh Laracy
Respected Pacific historian and ex-Marist Hugh Laracy's erudite summary of events surrounding the martyrdom (1841), beatification (1889) and canonization (1954) of Fr. Peter Chanel. From 1886 until 1963, the college at 'Apifo'ou was called Ven./Bl./St. Peter Chanel College. Read it here.