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Vanuatu Office has new Mission Secretary
Rolland Gito
March 27, 2008

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The newly appointed Mission Secretary of the Melanesian Board of Mission in Vanuatu Fr. Patteson Worek said the Church of Melanesia is a growing church that needs to effectively mission out to its people amidst a lot of spiritual and social challenges of today.

He said this following his orientation at the Provincial Headquarters and Church Institutions in Honiara where he spent the last three weeks.

Fr. Worek in February this year filled the newly established post in the Vanuatu administration office.

A recent review of the Melanesian Board of Mission recommended the creation and establishment of the position with the aim of strengthening the relationship between the Provincial Headquarters in Solomon Islands and the Diocese of Vanuatu and Banks and Torres in the Republic of Vanuatu.

Fr. Woreks primary role will be to link the Provincial Headquarters in Honiara and the two Dioceses.

While the post is primarily accountable to the Mission Secretary of the Melanesian Board of Mission at the Provincial Headquarters, it will also be accountable on a day to day basis to the Diocesan Bishops.

Fr. Worek is from Mota Lava in the Banks and Torres. He has served as priest in the Banks and Torres from 2000 to 2007. His Theological studies were done at Bishop Patteson Theological College Kohimarama in Solomon Islands from 1991 to 1992.
He attended St. John College at Auckland, New Zealand where he obtained a Bachelor of Theology and Church History in 1998.
He was a senior priest in the Diocese of Banks and Torres at the time of his appointment.

Fr. Worek said he is looking forward to his new mission of facilitating and coordinating the work of the Church in Vanuatu so that it can be strengthened to better serve Gods people in the islands.

The Mission Secretary returned to Vanuatu this morning.