A YOUNG man from Gembogl, Simbu province, has been ordained a Catholic church priest in Goroka, Eastern Highlands province, last Saturday.
Fr Paul Bisini’s ordination was conducted by Bishop Francesco Sarego of Goroka at the Young Christian (YC) hall.
Bishops Anton Bal (Simbu), Arnold Orowage (Enga) and Fr Josef Roszynsk of Wewak assisted Bishop Sarego.
Catholic priest-cum-politician and Simbu Governor Fr John Garia witnessed the ordination with more than 500 Catholics from Simbu and Eastern Highlands who included brothers, sisters and fellow seminarians from the SVD order of missionaries.
Bishop Serego was impressed to see that many people had gathered for the ordination.
Fr Bini will begin his priesthood in Argentina, South America.
Bishop Sarego said the call to serve the people as priest was from God and he challenged Fr Bini to serve with loyalty and dedication and carry the flag of Papua New Guinea catholics in Argentina.
He appealed to Catholic congregations to support young people who wish to follow God’s calling.
Fr Roszynsk said when Fr Bini entered seminary, he was with him in his parish, adding that he had developed confidence in his capabilities to perform well as priest.
He thanked his parents, relatives and Simbu dioceses for one of their sons to be ordained SVD priest and would be further extending missionary work in South America.
He said many PNG priests were already serving in countries like Brazil, Uganda and Canada.
Fr Bini said his ordination was a dream come true to become a priest one day.
“I was born in Gembogl but was raised and educated in Bena, Eastern Highlands province.
“This vocation is not only to become leader in church but also in community to stand stable to meet the challenges,” he said.
Fr Bini said he was confident and ready for up the new missionary task in Argentina.
“I would faithfully and dutifully offer my service and uphold and maintain the good image and reputation of SVD and Catholic ethics,” he said.
He thanked his superiors, fellow seminarians and Tebungafe parish in Wewak, parish priests, Mendikwae Limited, parents and relatives for their support.