VILLAGERS of Kilaka in Kubulau and surrounding areass are counting their blessings as they serve trainee priests at the Catholic Church's Nakayaga seminary.
The Nakayaga seminary is situated on a 1200-acre property overlooking the Kubulau sea and has been hailed by many seminarians as a place of retreat and spiritual solace.
Kilaka villager Petero Ratumaisuva and his wife Maria Elena said they had served at the Nakayaga retreat for a year now and it was a blessing to serve the future priests of the country.
"Our team consists of youths from the village who have also given their time to serve the seminarians in cooking and doing domestic duties at the camp," Mr Ratumaisuva said.
"At the moment we are serving the 25 seminarians from parishes around the country who are having a spiritual retreat at the place," he said.
Trainee priest Sakiusa Nasila said the site at Nakayaga was a place where they could get nearer to God and have a spiritual reawakening.
"Being with other seminarians from around the country really makes it special as we share the different challenges that we go through in our training," he said.
Archbishop-elect, Father Peter Loy Chong said the church had plans to develop Nakayaga as a spiritual retreat for trainee seminarians.
Father Choy visited the seminary last week.