The Mano Wadrokal School of Theology and Ministry in the Diocese of Ysabel (DOY) witnessed the first Diploma students graduating under the new Decentralization Program of Theology Education in the Anglican Church of Melanesia on Monday (10th November 2014).
The Mano Wadrokal School of Theology and Ministry is located on an island called ‘Tasia’ a few kilometers outside Buala Town in Isabel Province.
“Today’s event is historical, since it is the first time in life we witness and celebrate the second and first Diploma student graduating under the new Scheme or Decentralization Program of Theology Education” the Principal of the College Rev. Ellison Quity said in his report.
Seven Diploma students were awarded certificates in Theology and their wives awarded certificate of participation in Women’s Skills program/ Home management.
“You are called to serve Gods people and the community, Mano Wadrokal College had prepared you well, in training and giving you the necessary knowledge and understanding to go out into the world and spread the Good News. Your times and days at the college is over, now you are ready to share to the communities what you have acquired and learned;” Premier of Isabel Province, Hon. James Habu said in his speech.
“As far as ACOM would like to see its members to be theologically conscious of God’s purpose for their lives and that of the human race, and to take care of and be responsible for the environment which we live” Archbishop David said in his keynote address.
“The intention of the church to establish Tasia in the Diocese of Ysabel and Airahu in Malaita and Fisher Young in the Diocese of Banks and Torres in Vanuatu is to equip members of the Church, Particularly those who would be ordained with relevant knowledge, experience and leadership qualities for mission and ministry” Archbishop David said.
“Sound theological understanding can help us build a correct Christian world view that will help us to obey and align our thoughts to the will of God. It will also help us to interpret all aspects of life and culture and to understand our past, present and future needs” he continued.
The Most Rev. David Vunagi also urged the graduating students to worthy of your calling – to be salt to the earth and light to the world.
The General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Melanesia Dr. Abraham Hauriasi acknowledges the Principal and staff of the college and the Diocese of Ysabel for taking the college this far despite so many challenges.
Delegation from the Provincial Head Office of the Church led by the Archbishop The Most Rev. David Vunagi, and a team from Bishop Patterson Theological College led by Rev. Dr. Atkin Zaku attended the ceremony. Premier of Isabel Hon. James Habu and his team from the Province as well as representative from the house of chief also joined the Diocese of Ysabel on this historical ceremony.
Archbishop David who is the guest of honor to the ceremony delivered the keynote address and Bishop George Takeli of the Diocese of Temotu delivered the Bishop’s charge.
The Theme for the ceremony is: ‘Church sanctity is the foundation for renewal, growth and development in a fast changing society’.