First Columban ordination for the new Region of Oceania

In the presence of fellow Columbans, family and friends, Fr Teakare Betero SSC was ordained a Columban priest by Archbishop Peter Loy Chong of Suva, Fiji on 30th of November 2019.

Fr Betero’s mother Kaitinano Tauakitari was also present. Fr Betero’s father passed away while he was still in primary school. He has six brothers and three sisters and Fr Betero is the youngest in his family.


In his homily, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong encouraged Fr Betero to have two hearts; one for God and one for a deep love of God’s people.


Fr Betero was posted to Peru for his First Mission Assignment for two years as part of his training for missionary priesthood where he learnt to speak Spanish and work alongside Columban priests.


He will take up his new appointment in the Philippines in the new year.

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