The Rev. Colleen Cowley has been ordained Archdeacon at the St Paulʻs Anglican Cathedral in Nukuʻalofa.

Rev Colleen was ordained by Bishop Halapua.

The ceremony was attended by Princess Pilolevu and her husband Lord Tuita.

The Rev. Cowley described her ordination as God’s calling.

“We all have our trust, faith and love and respect for our mother’s decision” a family spokesman said.

The family described Rev. Cowley as “down to earth, humble, loving, kind and honest.”

“We ask you members of the Anglican Church to love her like she is your own mother, sister aunty and friend. “

Rev. Cowley, who was then a priest assistant at St Paul’s, led the drive to refurbish the cathedral.

She was ordained a deacon in 2012, tripling the number of female clergy.

The Archdeacon is one of the most successful businesswomen in the kingdom and comes from a family well known in Tongan business circles, especially for its bakery.

The Rev. Cowley is the daughter of the late Bill Wight and Kolo kesa Tufunga.

She has seven children, Elizabeth Cowley, Alfred Cowley, Joanna  Ker, Charles Cowley and the late  Vangana Faletau, Kerry Mataele and A.J Cowley.

The main points

  • The Rev. Colleen Cowley has been ordained Archdeacon at the St PaulÊ»s Anglican Cathedral in NukuÊ»alofa.
  • Rev Colleen was ordained by Bishope Halapua.
  • The ceremony was attended by Princess Pilolevu and her husband Lord Tuita.
  • The Rev. Cowley described her ordination as God’s calling.

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