Bishop Vaka is Tonga Anglican’s first bishop

Hon Frederica Filipe with Bishop Afa (front right) and members of the Anglican priesthood after the ordination service. Photo: TREVOR WHIPPY/Anglican Church of Fiji

NUKU’ALOFA-September 20: 12pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Bishop Afa Vaka is the first bishop of the new diocese of Tonga’s Anglican Church.

Bishop Vaka was ordained at a special ordination service at the St Paul’s Anglican Church here in Nuku’alofa last Sunday.

The Archbishop of Polynesia, Reverend Winston Halapua officiated in the ordination service, assisted by Reverend Phillip Richardson of the New Zealand Anglican Church.

Archbishop Winston Halapua (left) congratulates Bishop Afa Vaka after his ordination on Sunday. Photo: TREVOR WHIPPY/Anglican Church of Fiji

Archbishop Winston Halapua (left) congratulates Bishop Afa Vaka after his ordination on Sunday. Photo: TREVOR WHIPPY/Anglican Church of Fiji

They were also assisted by bishops of the church in Fiji, New Zealand and Australia with reps also from Hawaii and Samoa.

Bishop Vaka, a longtime Anglican, has served the church as a priest and former teacher.

He led the St Barnabas Anglican Church here in Mataika and was also a teacher and former principal at the St Andrew’s High School.

His son Father Sione Vaka is also a minister with the Anglican Church here in Tonga.

Close to 300 people witnessed the ordination at the St Paul’s church, including chief guest Hon Frederica Tuita Filipe, ministers of other Christian denominations in Tonga, members of the Diplomatic Corps and former Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Siaosi Sovaleni, the Member of Parliament for Tongatapu 3.

A big feast followed the ordination service with a thanksgiving service of singing and praise later on Sunday night.

 

 






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