BY GEORGE MANFORD
A new priest has been ordained last Sunday at Fiu cathedral where he has been welcomed into the priesthood ministry in the Anglican diocese of Malaita.
He is Fr Derrick Taka from Fiu and is a former surveyor Lands officer and the former Solomon Islands national football player in the late 90s and also the former Malaita Football president from 2010 to 2012.
From involving in football much of his time he decided to turn his journey to join the priesthood ministry in the church under the Anglican diocese of Malaita.
During his ordination last Sunday, chiefs, community leaders, elders and relatives from Gwaiuka tribe where he belongs gathered in numbers to witness the ordination.
An address during the ordination service last Sunday senior priest of Keava region Fr Molynuex Nofa said to be a priest in the church it is a great task to serve God and his people in this ministry.
“We will face challenges, ups and downs in life but put God in front of all our work as a shepherd that leads the sheep to graze on green pastures.
“It is the time to witness for Christ in this entire world.
“As you ordained today in this priesthood ministry, you are to establish God’s kingdom here on earth and be loyal in your work to serve God’s people.
“We must serve God with love and compassion and as a leader purposely to serve God.
“As we ordained in this ministry we must be a prayerful person with an obedient heart as we take up this responsibility in the church.
“Our priority is leadership, in churches and even in our government where we must source our leadership in God before we will be prosper in life or in any responsibility we take.”
The ordination service took place at the Fiu Cathedral in Fiu village and the newly ordained priest was ordained by the Anglican Diocesan Bishop of Malaita province, Right Reverend Bishop Sahu assisted by the Assistant Bishop, Bishop Rickson Maomaoru.