By Eric Haurupma – EM TV News, Port Moresby
“For the love God, I will serve God physically in the work of mission to take care of all of you and also the missionaries who have leave their families far away and come to work in our country.
“And I will work in his holy ministries and he will grant us abundant blessings as we continue to live our lives until he calls us to eternal peace,” says long time Parishioner Mary Erico.
Erico has been serving the church for 46 years, and recently parishioners of Saint Peter’s Channel Catholic Church of Erima in Port Moresby celebrated her services and lengthy dedication.
Since its establishment in 1970, 79-year-old Mary has worked as a lay worker and as domestic servant for missionaries with her late husband Lui Erico.
After her husband passed away in 1980, she continued to serve the church.
In 2002, her work was recognized when she was awarded an Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her 33 years of services to the church and the community.
Mary has six children, 33 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.