New Samoa Cathedral To Be Dedicated This Month

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Replacement for iconic Immaculate Conception almost complete

By Lance Polu

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, May 1, 2014) – It may not look like it now but the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for the Archdiocese of Samoa-Apia will be dedicated 31 May.

One of the imposing structures of Apia town from the mid 1800’s to date, the old church which was dedicated 31 December 1867, was pulled down in 2011 to allow for the reconstruction of the new cathedral on the same location but on elevated and higher ground.

Three meters below the new foundation, lays the grave of the church’s only Cardinal, the late Cardinal Pio Taofinu’u who passed away in 2003.

Announcing the dedication ceremony on the church TV, Archbishop Alapati Lui Mataeliga thanked the church members for their continuing support in building the church.

Leading the list of overseas guests is the Popes representative in the Pacific, Archbishop Martin Krebs who is based in Wellington, New Zealand.

Built by Father Ricky Bernard and a team of local builders, the project relied on the financial support of the church members.

The dedication ceremony includes traditional presentations by various parishes and entertainment to be provided by the Catholic college students at the Tofamamao Pastoral Centre, Leauva’a.

A special gift for the new church is a pipe organ donated by the Texas Presbyterian Church and the church in Samoa will meet the shipping costs to Apia. The old Cathedral used to have a pipe organ up to the mid 1970’s.

The Catholic Church is the second largest denomination in Samoa and most of its assets in land that stretch to the mountains above the capital Apia, have been sold to pay for its growing debts and to pay for the running of the church.

The dedication coincides with the celebration of the 150 years of the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary – SMSM, well noted for its contribution to education of mainly young Samoan women through its headquarters at Savalalo and other schools around the islands.

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