As I was entrusted with responsibilities which are charitable, liturgical and evangelical on the day of my ordination, I would say that it was a joyful and tremendous experience to be ordained as a Deacon on 31 May 2015.
Within the three weeks of preparation for my ordination, even though I was not alone during this time, I felt a bit nervous. It was not that I did not have courage to say ‘I do’ to this special call of God, but I had a deep thinking and reflecting on reaching this new stage of my discernment. Having this feeling within me, it gradually made me feel courageous and I freely said ‘Yes’ to this call. Of course I am very excited after being ordained as Deacon, but the most important thing that I have in mind is that it is the beginning of another journey which consists of various responsibilities.
Personally, it is quite challenging and demanding because I am called to serve but not to be served. So far I have begun doing a few works as Deacon in my community here in Suva. In fact, there are more to come and I am looking forward to serve with courage and humility as a Servant of Christ. On the other hand, during this day, the friends of Don Bosco here in Suva made me feel the presence of God during my ordination. Their efforts, sacrifices, passion and their way of praising God made this day special to me and my community here in Suva. So, it is always a great and a wonderful time to work, live and be present among the young.
Lastly, I would like to thank everyone for all their prayers and support during my past years of formation. May the good Lord continue to help us in doing Don Bosco’s mission which is to find and befriend society’s young rejected ones.
‘Ofa atu, Malo ‘Aupito,
Rev. Tevita Nuku Luve Lefai SDB