Church Ordains Deacons, Confirms Children
When Shirleen Swadesh Nagaiya married some 40 years ago into a Christian family, she never knew she would become a deacon one day.
But yesterday at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Suva, Mrs Nagaiya was among five others who were ordained by the Diocese of Polynesia Archbishop, The Most Reverend Winston Halapua.
The 58-year-old, originally of Nadi, said: “I’ve been working silently. I have a few positions in the church.”
She shared how excited she was on how God had planned things for her for so many years.
“I am looking forward to the work ahead of me as this is all part of serving God,” she said.
Yesterday’s programme also included the confirmation of 62 children, the blessing of the Founding Sisters of the Moana Community of St Clare and the induction of the Archdeacon of Suva/Ovalau.
The Diocese of Polynesia serves Anglicans in Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, and the Cook Islands, within the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.
The ordinands were: Anthony Tuala, Lila Wati Sundram, Miliakere Ravouvou Oli, Sepiuta Hala’api’api, Shirleen Swadesh Nagaiya, Vilive Rokovasa
Edited by Caroline Ratucadra