Ordination Of Steven Te'e
“The Lord told me to proclaim His message to everyone.”
On Thursday 7 October Rev. Deacon Stephen Te’e was ordained a Priest for the Catholic Diocese of Gizo by the Most Rev. Luciano Capelli SDB DD, Bishop of Gizo at the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish Church, Nila Shortlands.
In the overflowing Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish Chapel, where large numbers of people had to stand in the aisles and at the back and sides of the chapel, the young seminarian Stephen Te’e had chosen as his motto: “The Lord told me to proclaim His message to everyone.” (Jeremiah 2:1) and had given himself totally to God to be that message of Good news and hope of unity to the people of Nila Parish and the Diocese of Gizo as a whole.
Bishop Luciano Capelli sdb in his homily, challenged the newly ordained Priest to fly higher like an eagle and to bring the people higher above and over all forms of devices that ruins the dignity of human person. He encouraged Fr. Stephen Te’e to be a good and holy Priest in order to be the model for the people of God he serves.
Bishop Capelli sdb also challenged all parents to journey with their children and encouraged them to listen to the call of God in their lives and be at the service of the people. He congratulated the family of the newly ordained Priest and thanked them for their care and sacrifice in the services of the new Priest.
This great occasion coincides with the feast day of the Parish of Nila in which the People of Shortlands yearly commemorates- Our lady of the Holy Rosary, which is dedicated to the month of October. Special guests attending this ordination includes the newly ordained Priest’s family members from Tarapaina Parish, Small Malaita, Fr. Drago & Anne from the Holy name of Mary Seminary-Tenaru, Paramount Chief of Famoa- Sir George Lepping, Parish Priests of Wagina, Moli, Kavata, Noro, Gizo Altar boys and Catholic Women group from Muguai sub-Parish in Bougainville.
The prayerful and moving Liturgy was led by the Students and staff of Tuha Catholic School, while other ceremonial parts were performed in Alu traditional aspects by Aleang & Gaomae communities. Prior to the actual Ordination Mass, the family of Rev. Stephen Te’e handed him over to the paramount Chief of Shortlands- Sir George Lepping who then handed him over to the Bishop of Gizo – the Most Rev. Luciano Capelli SDB DD to ordain him as a Priest for the Diocese of Gizo.
The ordination celebration brings out the message of unity and hope for the people of Nila Parish especially as seen and experienced in the many collaborated efforts performed prior and during the ordination day. Feasting and entertainments ended the much awaited gift to mark the Golden Jubilee of the Catholic Diocese of Gizo 1960 – 2010. What a great gift for the Diocese !