Bishop Lowe asks prayers for Efeso Collins

Fa’anānā Efeso Collins

“Please pray for the soul of Efeso Collins” says Auckland Bishop Steve Lowe.

“We give thanks for Efeso’s ministry in our church and his mahi in the world.

“Please join me in praying for his family and all those who are struggling with this sad news. Rest in peace Efeso.”

Brought up a Pentecostal Christian, Collins later converted to Catholicism.

Collins’ life will be celebrated at Due Drop Events Centre in Manukau at midday on Thursday.

A man for justice

The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission is one of many organisations reeling from the loss of Collins.

“We especially extend our prayers and aroha to Fia, Efeso’s wife, and whānau at this sad time” the Commission said.

Vicar for Social Impact and Communications Loraine Elliott remembers Efeso as a man of strong faith.

He was the first to ‘put his hand up, volunteer and support’ at the Justice and Peace Commission Electoral Forum last September, she says.

The Forum was hosted by Caritas Aotearoa and facilitated by St Anne’s Manurewa parishioners and young Justice and Peace Commission ‘Social Welfare and Antipoverty Committee’ participants.

We will miss Efeso for his enthusiasm, humour, wit, deep faith, spirit of justice and readiness to muck in and get the job done, the Commission statement says.

“His inspiration for life and justice will be sadly and sorely missed.”

Fake funeral livestream links

Multiple fake profiles impersonating Fa’anānā Efeso Collins and fake livestream links have appeared on Facebook.

One page has more than 100 friends. Grotesquely, it not only advertises a hoax livestream link to his funeral, it uses snatched pictures of Collins and his family.

“To the best of my knowledge and from what I’ve seen, all of these pages with livestream details are not genuine or authentic pages” says the funeral home managing Collins’ funeral.


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