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3 Vincentian deacons for priesthood

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They are deacons Jeffrey Richard Werner and Benjamin Paka who are both from the Tangarare Catholic Parish and deacon Lawrence Kinika who is from Wainoni, Makira. 

A statement from Catholic Media said the three deacons are from the congregations of the mission also known as the Vincentians.

He ordination service will be officiated by His Grace Archbishop Christopher Cardone at Red Beach Church.

In an interview with the Catholic Media, the three deacons said their journey to priesthood has not been easy as they encountered so many challenges and at the same time need to learn new things.

“Our prayer life is the main source of our strength and we will continue to be strong in that,” the deacons said.

The deacons started their journey at the Holy Name of Mary Seminary – Tenaru and later continued at the Pacific Regional Seminary in Suva, Fiji.

“We could not do this alone without the help of God and so many people who supported and encouraged us. 

“We thank them all sincerely,” they said.

The Vincentian Order managed the Holy Name of Mary Seminary (the training school for priesthood for Catholic Church) and administering the Good Shepherd Parish at Tenaru.

Good Shepard Parish priest Fr Brian Sullivan CM who is also the formator is assisting these deacons in their preparation for their ordination. 

He urged the church to continue to pray for these men as they generously offer themselves to serve the people of their beloved country in their Vincentian congregation.

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