Deaconate Ordination at Yule Island
Bishop Rochus Tatamai msc has ordained two deacons at Yule Island, Bereina Diocese.
They both struggled many years to fulfill their dreams of becoming priests to serve mankind in the mountains.
Deacons Francis Pirit and Jerry Maria Inao achieved their dreams recently when they took their vows as deacons, the last step before becoming priest in the Catholic Church. The importance of their ordination was that the ceremony was conducted at what is known as a “holy land” on the hillside of Yule Island in Bereina, Central Province. And it is the first ordination on the “holy ground “in 127years since the first mass was celebrated on the island. The hillside was rendered “holy” when a wild boar ran amok destroying the altar and felling the bread and chalice containing the wine that was just consecrated as the body and blood of Christ at a first mass that was conducted by a Catholic priest. The appearance of the wild pig and its action is believed to be the work of Satan attempting to prevent the spread of Christianity in the Papua region when the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart first landed on Yule Island 127 years ago. The hill with a permanent structure used (as an altar) for celebrating masses an open ground where pilgrims converge is referred to us a “holy ground” where Christ’s blood was poured. This holy place came alive recently with the first ever ordination of the two young mountain men as deacons, final step in the Catholic Church to becoming priest. Br Francis Pirit from Gazelle in East New Britain and Br Jerry Maria Inao of the Central Province became the first to be ordained on the “holy ground” in 127 years. Br. Francis is originally from Vairiki , Christ the King Parish in the mountains of Gazelle while Br. Jerry is from Kamulai Christ the King Parish in the Goilala but they both belong to the Diocese of Bereina, mountain denary having performed pastoral duties in the Parish of Goilala. Ever since the first mass was held on the island and commemorative masses held each year, there is no record of ordinations on the sacred hill, His Lordship Bishop Rochus Tatamai, Bishop of the Diocese of Bereina who was the main celebrant at the deaconate mass.”This is a moment of grace for us with the first mass celebrated 127 years ago an commemorative masses each year, there was never an ordination of priests to continue to celebrate the Eucharist,” said Bishop Rochus Tatamai. It has been a long journey for the deacons, Jerry and Francis respectively. They persevered for years in spite o f hardships and struggles that their studies for priesthood while many of their friends have become priest, said Bishop Rochus Tatamai. The ordination to deaconate was their dreams and the last step to becoming priest in the next six months. They will go into preparations helping out priests celebrating masses before they are ordained as priest themselves. Bishop Tatamai urged parents and communities to make more sacrifices and give their children to do God’s work by seeking vocations with the Church. “We need men to continue to be ordained to represent Christ to celebrate the Eucharist and feed the flock with Christ’s body and blood”. “These two men would have value to you but you are prepared to say they are gifts of God… and because they are gifts of God to you, you are willing to give them back to him. God will generously bless you in abundance, the two men coming forward are not your first or the last to give, and they are the beginning” he said.