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Bishop Richard Naramana addressing the Synod delgates. On his right are the COM MBM Secretary Canon Sam Sahu and COM General Secretary Mr. George Kiriau. On the right is Isabel Provincial Government representative
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Synod delegates
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DOY OPENS 12th DIOCESAN SYNOD
 
MELANESIAN MESSENGER 080901-1
September 1, 2008

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The Diocese of Ysabel in Solomon Islands this week met for its 12th Diocesan Synod at Jejevo Mission Station on Santa Ysabel.

A gathering of the supreme body of the diocese comprising clergy and laity opened on Sunday evening to discuss, plan and map out the journey of the diocese for the next three years.

The weeklong synod was held with the theme “The way forward for the Diocese of Ysabel now and into the future”.

General Secretary of the Church of Melanesia Mr. George Kiriau officially opened the weeklong synod.

He said he was very impressed with the developments within the diocese both physically and spiritually.

He applauded the communities of their unfailing support and encouraged them to maintain the spirit of cooperation to continue to build up the diocese in today’s challenging times.

Mr. Kiriau said the diocese that is going to be strong and grow is the diocese that is mission-minded and who can respond positively to the changing times and testing’s.

In his Charge to the synod delegates, Chairman of the synod and Bishop of the Diocese of Ysabel the Rt. Rev. Richard Naramana said the focus of the synod is ‘self-propagating’, ‘self-extending’ and ‘self-reliance’.

The Diocese of Ysabel he said continues to be living witnesses in their different walks of life.

The Diocese of Ysabel continues to take part in the missionary work of the Church, some as Bishops, Priests, Brothers, Sisters, teachers and other walks of life to other islands, both locally and internationally he said.

He cited the diocese as historically founded on the hardwork, sacrifice, efforts, struggles and vision of the faithful bishops, priests, lay people both men and women who obediently work without counting the cost.

There is no time to relax and falsely expecting that help will come from somewhere but to work extra hard, with renewed strength, determination and commitment to build the diocese to become self-reliant.

He also spoke of the vision of the diocese in terms of mission and infrastructure, investment, education and training and partnership.

108 synod members and observers from three regions of the diocese; Gamaki, Tuvano and Lawe attended the four days meeting.

It starts on Sunday with the official opening and close this Thursday.