Samuel Maetara was ordained deacon at St Anne’s parish in Manurewa on Sunday 15 July. It is hoped that he will be ordained to the priesthood in December in the Solomon Islands.
Deacon Samuel Maetara, 33, is from Malaita Province in the Southern region of the Solomon Islands. He says that he feels called to serve the poor, rejected and marginalized and believes that he is called to do that as a Marist priest.
He began his formation at Marist College, Bomana, Papua New Guinea in 2005. In 2007 he went to Fiji for his noviciate year before returning to Bomana in 2008 to continue his studies.
In 2009 Samuel transferred to Marist Seminary Auckland and continued studies at Good Shepherd College. In 2011 he worked at Chanel College, a high school in Samoa, and this year returned to continue his formation at Marist Seminary and complete his studies at Good Shepherd College. During the year he made his lifelong commitment to Marist life by taking Final Vows.
Tom Rarakani, Samuel’s oldest brother, traveled from the Solomon Islands to represent his family at the Samuel’s ordination.
Tom has a background in teaching. At one stage he had a senior role in the ministry of education for the Solomon Islands and currently he is a fulltime student at the University of the South Pacific (Honiara Campus), where he is doing a doctorate in Business Studies. He is married with children and hopes to complete his studies next year.
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