First Columban ordination for the new Region of Oceania

Fr. Teakare Betero ordination. Photo: Archdiocese of Suva

Fr. Teakare Betero ordination. Photo: Archdiocese of Suva

In the presence of fellow Columbans, family and friends, Fr. Teakare Betero SSC was ordained a Columban priest by Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, Archbishop of Suva, Fiji on the 30th of November 2019. Also present was his mother, Kaitinano Tauakitari. Fr. Betero's father passed away while he was still in primary school. He has six brothers and three sisters and Fr. Betero is the youngest of his siblings.

Fr. Teakare Betero's ordination. Photo: Archdiocese of Suva

Photos from Fr. Teakare Betero's ordination. Photo: Archdiocese of Suva

In his homily, Archbishop Peter encouraged Fr. Beter to have two hearts; one for God and one for a deep love of God's people.

Fr. Betero was posted to Peru for his First Mission Assignment for two years as part of his training for missionary priesthood where he learnt to speak Spanish and work alongside Columban priests. He will take up his new appointment for missionary work in the Philippines in the new year.

Archbishop Peter, Columban fathers, seminarians, lay missionaries and friends arrives the Island of Rabi for the ordination.. Photo: Archdiocese of Suva

Archbishop Peter, Columban fathers, seminarians, lay missionaries and friends arrives the Island of Rabi for the ordination. Photos: Archdiocese of Suva