By Zion-Joseph Leon Guerrero
Umatuna Si Yu’os
Born Sept. 22, 1969 on Udot Island, Chuuk, Deacon Kerno is survived by his wife, Mrs. Makrin Sam, and their five children Kayleen, 27; Kimberly, 15; Kensaly, 14; Kemadisis, 11; and Kemarayah, 6.
Deacon Kerno was ordained to the diaconate in March 2004 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral in Weno, Chuuk. He moved to Guam in January 2005 where he began his service as a deacon for our island at Santa Teresita Catholic Church in Mangilao. He transferred six years later to Santa Barbara Church in Dededo “where he assisted the parish in its ministry to the Chuukese community during recent years,” according to Santa Barbara parochial vicar Father Fran Hezel, SJ. Deacon Kerno would occasionally assist at the Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Toto starting in 2017.
While serving on Guam, Deacon Kerno continued to serve his homeland as a faithful servant of Christ. In 2010, Deacon Kerno contributed to the building of a church in Chuuk. He collected monetary contributions and purchased items like windows and religious images, and sent them to Chuuk to furnish the church. In 2017, the church was completed and named after Saint Francis of Assisi.
Nightly Mass and rosaries for Deacon Kerno are being held at Santa Barbara Catholic Church. During weeknights, Monday through Friday, nightly intentions are offered for Deacon Kerno at the 6 p.m. Mass followed by the rosary at the lower church. On Saturdays and Sundays, Mass is offered at 5 p.m. followed by the rosary at the upper church. The funeral Mass is scheduled for Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019 at 1 p.m. after public viewing from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
“Any priests who wish are welcome to concelebrate,” said Father Fran.
Deacon Kerno’s body will return to the morgue immediately afterwards, according to Father Fran, in preparation for the transport to Chuuk on Friday morning, April 26.
The archdiocese offers condolences to the family of the late Deacon Kerno Sam. May he rest in peace.