In a ceremony packed with cultural elements and inspirational singing, Archbishop Alapati Mataeliga Lui conferred the Priesthood on our 11th Samoan Salesian Priest, invoked the Holy Spirit by the imposition of hands, and anointed the hands of the new priest. [More photos on Photo of the Week]
Family and friends, the SDB Provincial Fr. Frank Moloney, the FMA Provincial Sr. Margaret Bentley, 10 Salesians who are working in Samoa, many diocesan Priests, members of the small Catholic Community of Tuanai and parishioners of the Parish of St Andrew at Faleula gathered in the morning of 11th December 2009 to witness the Ordination of Deacon Visesio Muliaga to the Priesthood.
The occasion was given extra solemnity by the presence of the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Palvo, who had come over from New Zealand for the consecration of the Minor Baslica that week. In his shorter than usual homily Archbishop referred especially to the 2nd reading (Peter) and the Gospel (John) and urged the new priest to be a good shepherd to the flock entrusted to him.
After Mass family and friends lined up for Fr. Vise’s first priestly blessing after which all processed to the hall for an enormous spread, and “informal formalities”.
The next day Fr. Vise concelebrated with Fr. Frank Moloney and his Salesian brother priests at another important Salesian event: the Perpetual vows of Sister Paula Vitale FMA.
Fr. Vise celebrated his official First Thanksgiving Mass at Tuanai, his family’s village on the following day.
Father Vise has been appointed to serve the Parish of Salelologa on the “big island” of Savai’i in 2010.
SNAP congratulates and wishes Fr. Vise all the blessings upon his priestly ministry.