Death of first Solomons priest
The Catholic community in the Solomon Islands is mourning the passing of Fr Michael Aike, the Solomon Islands' first Catholic priest.
Fides Service reports that Fr Michael died on 14 March after a long illness. "As the senior Catholic Diocesan Priest he is greatly missed" his fellow priests say.
He was ordained in December 1966 at Holy Cross Cathedral by the then Bishop of Honiara, the Late Archbishop Daniel Stuyvenberg.
He was born in Marau and later returned with his family to Rohinari. He was around 33 years of age at the time of his ordination to the priesthood.
The late Fr Michael Aike served both in what are now the Archdiocese of Honiara and the Diocese of Auki. He spent many years in service in Makira at Wainoni Bay and Manivovo.
When the new Diocese of Auki was created, Fr Michael eventually return to Malaita. He served Bishop Gerard Loft as his Vicar General. Fr Michael served also on Guadalcanal both in Makaruka and Avuavu.
Fr Michael has had a long illness and accepted his illness with great resignation and dignity.
The Diocesan Clergy of the Catholic Church in Solomon Islands are challenged by Fr Michael's faithful years of service of God and God's people whom he loved very much.
Seminarians in the Solomons remember his words: "Every vocation demands effort, love, passion and courage".
Catholics in Solomons mourn Father Michael Aike, Solomon Islands first Catholic priest (Fides 15/3/06)
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17 Mar 2006