Catholic communities of East Lavukal in the Russell Islands of Central province have witnessed the historical ordination ceremony of its first ordained deacon over the weekend.
Nickson Sade who for some years undertakes his religious studies at the Holy Name of Mary Seminary was ordained on Saturday 21 st June.
Mr Sade is said to be the first deacon from East Russell who will be ordained as a priest by the end of the year.
Parishioners from local catholic communities from Moe, Louna, Yandina and Alokan came out to witness the event.
Catholic Church Arch Bishop Adrian Smith was the celebrant at the ordination ceremony held at Louna village in east Russell.
Arch Bishop Smith urges parishioners to take pride in this young man who has sacrificed his life for the work of the church to serve his communities in east Russell.
Arch Bishop Smith said it is important for church goers to work together and help our young people to engage in the work of the church rather than to stay and cause problems in the communities.
Bishop Smith said the work that Deacon Sade undertakes is very challenging therefore needs the support of the community.
He encourages parents to teach their children God’s principles and encourage them to take up church roles
Adding, parents are responsible the behaviour of their children.
“Therefore must teach and guide them in the right directions and send them to school to learn about good things and not to stay and consuming alcohol and other drug related substances that will only destruct their lives.”
The event was celebrated with a custom feasting followed with custom dances and entertainments.
By Daniel Namosuaia