OCEANIA/PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Deacon and midfielder: a life for Jesus, in church, and on the football field

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - Faith in Christ and his gospel are always "the rock for his life", both within the walls of a church, and on the grass of a football field: Christian Sieland, 32 years of age, a seminarian from Papua New Guinea who is studying in Rome, was ordained a deacon in Rome on Saturday 12 May. As reported to Fides, for him it was "a memorable weekend ": on the day of his ordination to the diaconate he was also declared "best player" of the tournament "Clericus Cup" a football competition between priests and seminarians in Rome, now in its sixth edition, which was won by the team of the North American Pontifical College.
Christian competed in the team of the Pontifical Urban College, where he resides, and distinguished himself as one of the best midfielders in the tournament, although his team did not reach the final.
He was very happy for the unexpected recognition received in the morning, in the afternoon Christian was ordained deacon in St. Peter's by Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, along with 16 other students of the Pontifical Urban College "de Propaganda Fide", and 4 deacons were ordained priests. The ordained were from Africa, Asia, America and Oceania,
Christian Sieland comes from the diocese of Chimbu and is completing his Bible studies. He should be ordained a priest in Papua New Guinea next year. Christian is of German origin, having been born from a couple of lay Catholic volunteers, who arrived in Papua New Guinea about 50 years ago. His motto is "to follow Jesus and serve him in Papua New Guinea", where there are churches and immense fields where to play. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 15/5/2012)