Radio Maria Papua New Guinea is a non-profit and non-commercial Catholic Radio station that broadcasts twenty-four hours of catholic faith charisms. Radio Maria is present in more than 70 countries around the world, and Radio Maria PNG is part of the World Family of Radio Maria. Its operations rely mainly on voluntarism, prayers and financial donations from listeners and friends.
RADIO MARIA was founded as a parish radio station in 1983, in Arcellasco d"Erba, in the province of Como in the Diocese of Milan. In 1987 the RADIO MARIA Association was founded making RADIO MARIA independent from the parish. In 1990 RADIO MARIA became a national radio. The following years, by God's grace it began expanding to other countries. In 1998 the World Family of RADIO MARIA was formed to ensure promotion, sharing, and development of the Radio Maria Project worldwide.
RADIO MARIA PNG Inc, was founded when the Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG and Solomon Islands invited the World Family of Radio Maria to establish a radio station within the Conference of Catholic Bishops. With the help of the Bishops, the project began on September 23, 2006, and on March 25, 2007, Radio Maria PNG began broadcasting on air. Currently, Radio maria operates only in PNG, but we hope to expand to Solomon Islands sometime in the future. That, we leave in the hands of our Good Lord to make possible.
The first Priest Director was Fr. Martin We-en, a diocesan priest of the Diocese of Aitape who was Director from 2006 - 2013. The second Director wasFr. Paul Kote, a diocesan priest from the archdiocese of Rabaul. At present, Fr. Martin We-en, the founding Director has returned for his second spell as Director of RMPNG.