Dedication, hard work pays off

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A HAPPY GRADUATE: Wilson Simeti.

A HAPPY GRADUATE: Wilson Simeti.

Wilson Simeti is ready to serve the Catholic Church in whatever way God wants him to.

Mr. Simeti was among the students and supporters of Moamoa’s Theological College who celebrated the successful end of the 2016 academic year on Wednesday.

Songs and laughter echoed across the church hall as they rejoiced in their hard-earned achievements. 

Fr. James Skelton said the celebration was the commissioning of the dedicated group who stuck by the five-year curriculum. The students graduated with a Diploma in Ministry.

For Mr. Simeti, he said the programme was the culmination of a very challenging task. So how did he do it?

Well, he said the key to true success was through determination and hard work. He dedicated his everything towards his goal and didn’t let any form of negativity derail him from his path. 

He said he went through a total of five years of ministry work; four years of academic work, ending the final year with Pastoral practices.

However, coming to the end of his academic journey, Mr. Simeti could only reveal happiness and joy.

“I thank God for his loving help to all of us who received our diplomas today; you have helped me overcome many trials as I perused my Diploma,” he said.

“Coming to the conclusion of my academic life, I can only feel happiness and joy for myself and everyone who made it with me. We are so joyful to have a diploma in Ministry.”

Mr. Semeti also had a message to the future graduates of the Theological College.

“I know the curriculum will seem hard at first, but trust in the Lord to give you the strength to pursue your dreams,” he said. “Good luck future students and remember to never give up.”

Fr. Skelton told the Samoa Observer these graduates will now embark on their own journey in ministry, doing their very best to bring praise to the Lord.

 “Today is the commissioning of those who are going to become Catholic leaders in various villages around Samoa,” he said. 

“Six of the graduates already have a village lined up for them.”

When they get to their designated village, the graduates will be assigned a Priest for further guidance and spiritual help. They will be dedicating most of their time to the villages’ spiritual problems as well as tend to the wellbeing of their Priest.

“They have their own village to take care of; however there will be a Priest for them to depend on if they run into any trouble,” Mr. Skelton said.

“They will be working under a priest as well as look after them, like how a son would look after his own father. Together they will work on spreading the word of Ministry as well as tend to spiritual problems of the local people”

© Samoa Observer 2016

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