Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Summer Assignment: St. Augustine by the Sea in Waikiki

Wow!  A year of theological studies have gone by.  This first year was a fruitful one in all pillars of formation (Spiritual, Academic, Human, Pastoral).  Towards the end of the school year, I received my summer parish assignment from Fr. Pascual Abaya, my Vocation Director.  I was very excited for my first parish assignment.  When he told me what my assignment was, I was exuberantly joyful. 

My assignment:  St. Augustine by the Sea in Waikiki

On Pentecost Weekend, I was introduced to the parishioners at all the masses by Fr. Lane Akiona, SSCC.  I was welcomed with such warm Aloha.  Even though I am a diocesan seminarian, I immediately fit into the community of Sacred Heart Priests.  The hospitality and fraternity between the priests here is genuine and strong.  

I know that this assignment will be filled with many adventures.  This is truly a Hale Pule (House of Prayer) for those who come to visit our Islands.  On that first weekend, I have met people from all around the world. 

This was just the first weekend and I can't wait for what this summer has in store for me.

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