The photo shows how the proposed new monastery looks like from the main entrance. Photo/Supplied

A groundbreaking ceremony on Monday has marked an epoch in the history of the Catholic Church’s Carmelite Sisters in Tonga after living in poor housing conditions for more than a year.

Cardinal Mafi who led the prayer services during the ceremony thanked those who have helped made the dream to build the new monastery comes true.

The nuns arrived in the kingdom in 2011 and they immediately moved into a temporally monastery at the village of Fāhefa.

It was not long before the Sisters had to deal with housing issues including structural defects and roof that leaks whenever it rains.

Fr Sione Malakai Kātoa described the situation on his Facebook page and said:

“In heavy rain, they have buckets all over the place because the house is leaking. Many girls have come knocking at their door, but they haven’t got enough rooms for them”.

“Our people and the Diocese of Tonga have done a lot raising fund for this project. Our Communities overseas have helped out also”, said Fr Katoa.

A delegation from Samoa led by Mother Superior Sr Maria Elisapeta ocd, Sister Antonina ocd and members of the Samoa Charity Foundation for Carmelite Mission attended the historical ceremony.

They were joined by the Samoan Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Laauliolemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt, who is the Chairman, Karameli Tuala, Theresa Thomsen, Mulipola Anarosa Molio’o and member of the OCDS.

“It is my prayer that this Mission Appeal will help the Carmelite and the Diocese of Tonga to make this vision come true. It all began with Late Bishop Finau….then picked by his Successor Late Bishop Foliaki now Cardinal Mafi has embraced this Vision and with God’s help, we will make this dream finally come true in our time. Praise the Lord”, Fr Katoa said.

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  1. Hili e afaá ʻe tofu, hili e faingataʻá ʻe faingofua pea ʻoku pehē ʻa e fiefia ʻa e kau taaupoʻou Kamelaite ʻa e Siasi Katoliká ʻi hono tanupou ʻa honau monasitelio foʻou ʻi he ʻaho Mōnité.

    Ko e hili ia ha ngaahi taʻu ʻenau nofo ʻi ha fale ne tutulu pea mo ʻikai ʻi ha tuʻunga lelei.

    Ne fakamālōʻia ʻe Katinali Mafi ʻa ia ko ia foki ne ne tataki ʻa e ouau lotu fakatāpui ʻo e tanupoú ni ʻa kinautolu kotoa ne nau tokoni ke lava e misi ko ʻeni ki hano langa ha monasitelio foʻou maʻa e Kamelaité.

    Ne tūʻuta ʻi Tonga e kautaha taaupoʻoú ni ʻi he 2011 pea ne nau hiki ai pe ʻo meʻa ʻi ha monasitelio fakataimi ʻi Fāhefa.

    Ka ne ʻikai fuoloa kuo palopalema ʻa e nofoʻangá ni ʻo tutulu mo lahi e maumaú.

    ʻI ha meʻa ʻa Pātele Sione Malakai Kātoa ʻi he Feisipuká ne ne pehē ko ʻene ʻuha pe kuopau ke fokotuʻu e ʻū kane he falé ni he ngaahi feituʻu ʻoku tutulú.

    Pehē foki ʻe Kātoá ko e monasitelio foʻoú ko e ola ia o ha feinga paʻanga ʻa e ngaahi komunio Tonga ʻi Tonga mo muli foki pea kau ki ai mo e kakai mei he ngaahi matalakali kehekehe pe hangē ko Haʻamoá.

    Ne ʻi ai foki ʻi he ouau tanupoú ni ha kau folau mei Haʻamoa ʻo taki mai ʻe Mother Superior Sr Maria Elisapeta ocd, Sister Antonina ocd mo e kau mēmipa ʻo e Samoa Charity Foundation for Carmelite Mission.

    Kau mai foki ai e Minisitā Ngoue mo e Toutai ʻa Haʻamoá Laauliolemalietoa Leuatea.

    Pehē foki ʻe Kātoá ko e feinga ko ʻeni o lava tokoniʻi ʻa e Kameliaté ko e vīsone ia ʻa Pātelesio Finau kuó ne mamaʻó pea hokosi mai ʻe ʻEiki ʻEpikopō Soane Lilo Foliaki pea fakaʻosi mai ʻeni kia Katinolo Mafi ʻo ne fakahoko ʻo moʻoni e lika mei he kuohilí.

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