by JEFF DILLON
A warm May evening in Dunedin was matched by the warmth of the reception from the congregation in St Bernadette’s Church, Forbury, Dunedin to witness a special step in the life of a man from Samoa.

Deacon Lam gets family help to dress in his clerical vestments.
Deacon Lam gets family help to dress in his clerical vestments.

Dunedin Bishop Colin Campbell led a ceremony to ordain Deacon Sani Lam, with about 25 diocesan priests part of the congregation.
A banner at the back of the sanctuary wished the candidate well on his ordination to the transitional diaconate — the final step before ordination to the priesthood.
Sani Lam was born in Samoa in 1971. After seminary training in Fiji, he decided in February this year to undertake his pastoral training at St Bernadette’s parish in Dunedin diocese. He perceives his decision as his response to the need of the Church.
Deacon Lam will continue pastoral duties at Forbury in the meantime.

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