From left: Thomas Mooka, Mgr Harry Entwistle and Deacon Kopel Gibuma. Photo: Supplied.

By Theresia Titus
Kopel Gibuma has become the first Torres Strait Islander to be ordained to the Diaconate in the Catholic Church.
The ordination was celebrated by Cairns Bishop James Foley, together with Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of our Lady of the Southern Cross, Monsignor Harry Entwistle and took place at St Francis Xavier Church, West Cairns Parish on 9 June.

From left: Deacon Kopel Gibuma, Rev Ralph Madigan, and Fr Gordon Barnier. Photo: Supplied.

It has been a monumental occasion for the now, Deacon Gibuma.
“I was really glad and it

Praise the Lord

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