Piula celebrates 150 years anniversary

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene ,

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The Piula Theological College yesterday marked its 150 years anniversary by unveiling a memorial monument and commissioning a double-storey building.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi was the keynote speaker at the celebrations which attracted people from around the world.

Principal of Piula Theological College Reverend Mosese Mailo spoke of the history of the college.

“The history of Piula in the first hundred years from 1868 to 1968 has been told during the Centenary 100 Celebrations in 1968 by the late missionary Principal Reverend, Ron Potter. The report is attached so I will not paddle the same ocean, but this report focuses on the past 50 years," he said.

The challenge of history is how can we be able to recount in detail the extraordinary contributions of the men and women whose sweat and blood, successes and failures, has built up Piula to where it is today.

Rev. Ron Potter and the President of Methodist Church, Rev Apineru Lafai unveil the Piula Theological College memorial monument. Photo/Misiona Simo
Rev. Ron Potter and the President of Methodist Church, Rev Apineru Lafai unveil the Piula Theological College memorial monument. Photo/Misiona Simo
Rev. Alefa Taumaoe and Rev. Samuelu Areta. Photo/Misiona Simo
Rev. Alefa Taumaoe and Rev. Samuelu Areta. Photo/Misiona Simo
President of Kanana Fou Theological College Rev. Moleli and Taiai Niuatua, Lalokava Lima and Apisaloma Toleafoa.
President of Kanana Fou Theological College Rev. Moleli and Taiai Niuatua, Lalokava Lima and Apisaloma Toleafoa.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, President of Methodist Church, Rev Apineru Lafai, and Rev. Ron Potter.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, President of Methodist Church, Rev Apineru Lafai, and Rev. Ron Potter.
The Leota family.
The Leota family.
Rev. Taumafai Komiti and Rev. Ioane Tolai.
Rev. Taumafai Komiti and Rev. Ioane Tolai.

“I also pay respect to the never ending support of the president, the general conference of the Methodist Church in Samoa, families and friends. I interpret the history and development of Piula in the past 50 years with three words; ‘slow and sure’. I say ‘slow’ because Piula is far older than most theological colleges and universities in the world. However, they have exceeded and exceled us in many ways.” 

He reiterated that ‘slow and sure’ has carried the theological college to where it is today.

The 150-year-old college’s graduating of pastors was not its only contribution to life in Samoa with Rev. Mailo making reference to the participation of the institution’s brass band in national events.

 “Piula has been known for several qualities in the past 150 years. Apart from its service to the church by training and providing qualified pastors, Piula students have also been branded as exciting entertainers, dancing and its brass band shows during national independence, as good cricket players, as fishermen and the vigorous manpower in most of its work

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