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Church installs new priest

Salaseini Vosamana
Monday, July 30, 2012

ABOUT 100 members of St Thomas' Anglican Church in Labasa gathered yesterday to witness the ordination of Angela Suruj Prasad.

Reverend Prasad will be the third woman to be ordained in the northern church.

She was installed by Archbishop Reverend Doctor Winston Halapua. Archbishop Halapua said she would help other priests and lay preachers spread the gospel of God not only in Vanua Levu but throughout the world.

"This is a historic event for us because Labasa is the only parish that has three women priests," he said.

"With this ordination, at least women leadership and aspects will be brought up in the church and also in Anglican schools.

"Her leadership will allow the young ones to learn the right thing and choose a successful path in life."

In her ordination, she said she was ready to commit herself wholly to the ministry.

"My concern will be to show love, care and compassion and I ask God to give me strength and humility so I can carry out my work properly," she said.

She will be based at the St Mary's Hostel as she embarks on her new calling.