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Focus On Task Ordained For, Says Archbishop Chong

Archbishop Peter Loy Chong yesterday conveyed to three newly ordained deacons to put the tasks assigned to them ahead of every other responsibility. “Put the tasks you were ordained for
13 Mar 2017 11:00
Focus On Task Ordained  For, Says Archbishop Chong
Archbishop Peter Loy Chong (middle), with the three newly ordained Deacons and an altar boy (left) at the Sacred Heart Cathedral yesterday. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga

Archbishop Peter Loy Chong yesterday conveyed to three newly ordained deacons to put the tasks assigned to them ahead of every other responsibility.

“Put the tasks you were ordained for ahead of every others and serve others than yourself,” said Archbishop Chong.

Speaking at the ordination service at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva, Archbishop Chong said that church workers needed to work with great anticipation for the yoke of evangelism.

Archbishop Chong gave tips on church leadership and solutions to problems currently faced by the church.

“The only answer a church leader has to salvage the rot caused by scandals is for them to be discreet with their behaviours,” he said.

“Be passionate about their work, serve the people with love and care.”

He said the once fully trusted clergy was now being scrutinised by the faithful members.

“The eyes of the world, even the Christians have abandoned the faith and trust it once had for church leaders to a more scrutinising stare and call for answers by the problems caused by most church leaders,” Archbishop Chong said.

“It doesn’t mean that they have abandoned their faith altogether for the world will always need religion, church workers for love, care and answers to their problem.

“We live in a world that is plagued by all sorts of problems and people are trying to find the right answers for their questions about anything in life.”

Drawing from the theme of this year’s spirit of the Lent, ‘When I was homeless’ he said the focus of the Catholic Church this year was to be charitable for as much as they could.

“We need to be beacons of hope to those who still live in tents, and still face hardship no matter what their problems maybe.”

SODELPA Opposition Member of Parliament Niko Nawaikula, who was attending the mass,  said the theme of the month of the Lent was one about self reflection.

“Faith being a fundamental aspect of life has to work with every group, whether its women’s rights, children’s or anything that raises the banner of human rights,” Mr Nawaikula said.

That was Christianity, said the lawyer.

One of the three freshly ordained deacons will work within the archdiocese of Suva while the other two will serve with the Don Bosco and Columban Orders.

 

Dad shed tears watching consecration

Proud father Inosesio Afoa of newly ordained deacon Tuia Afoa was in tears for two things while attending the ordination of his eldest son.

He said the first was when all his plans to get a real job for his eldest son to help his other siblings went awry after his son’s career choice; the second for not supporting his son from the beginning when he chose a different vocation; one that is all about charity.

He said this all changed the moment he saw his son don the robe of the Catholic brotherhood that he tried to find a reason not to cry.

“I live in Australia and my plans for my son were all in place for him from childhood till the day when he will get to choose a career path, no matter what,” Mr Afoa said.

“Until 2007 when his mother came to me and told me that she had news to pass over to me from Tuia.”

He thought about collapsing but held his ground to an argument of rational thoughts for good choices in life that continued for another year.

“Like any father who had plans for his children I was shocked for his decision and argued until 2008 when I gave up,” he said

Throughout the years he said the niggling thought of his son joining the order of the Catholic mission and it’s statutes never left his mind.

Until the news of his son’s ordination reached him a week ago when he dropped everything he had planned, booked his ticket and flew out of Australia last week on Friday.

“My other families came later but, I am here to give my blessing to my boy,”  he said grinning from ear to ear.

“He is the first to take up the yoke of charity among my family.

“He has my heart, my love as a dad and my support as one of his congregation.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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