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Catholic Diocese of Port Victoria sees rise in interest to join the clergy

Victoria, Seychelles | August 29, 2021, Sunday @ 11:24 in National » GENERAL | By: Rita Joubert-Lawen Edited by: Betymie Bonnelame | Views: 2947
Catholic Diocese of Port Victoria sees rise in interest to join the clergy

Romeo Bonne was ordained as a deacon earlier this month, the first Seychellois to join the clergy since Father Collin Underwood in August 2009. (Diocese of Port Victoria,Facebook)

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(Seychelles News Agency) - The Catholic Diocese of Port Victoria is seeing an increase in young Seychellois males willing to take vows to join the church.

Romeo Bonne was ordained as a deacon earlier this month, the first Seychellois to join the clergy since Father Collin Underwood in August 2009. In addition to Bonne, three other Seychellois are studying for the priesthood.

Bonne, 31, was ordained as deacon on August 14 at the Holy Ghost congregation in Dakar, Senegal. 

The head of the Holy Ghost congregation in Seychelles, Father Pierre Madiella, told SNA that "we at the Holy Ghost congregation are very happy, especially as he has gone through the Plaisance parish."

Bonne is the first Holy Ghost deacon to take his vows since the congregation arrived in Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, on September 20, 2000. He will be attached to the Ste Therese parish in the central Mahe district of Plaisance before officially joining the clergy.

Hailing from the district of Takamaka, Bonne became the first Seychellois to join the Spiritan congregation in 2017 after studying in Senegal.  

"This is a rising sun for the Catholic Church that after so many years since we last ordained one of our own, we will soon have many more to come in the coming years," said Madiella.

The Holy Ghost congregation, also as known as the Spiritan congregation, is part of a Roman Catholic religious congregation founded in France in 1703 called the Congregation of the Holy Spirit.

To date, the congregation has nearly 3,000 priests, brothers and Spiritan associates. With missions in 60 countries around the world, it is involved in many diverse ministries including education, parish work, and refugee ministry.

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