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Melanesian Messenger Online distributed by the
Church of the Province of Melanesia
September 10, 2008

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] Bishop of the Diocese of Ysabel in Solomon Islands the Rt. Rev Richard Naramana has been given additional 5 years to carry on with his Episcopal duties in the Diocese.

The 12th Ysabel Diocesan Synod held at Jejevo Headquarters from 28 August to September 4, 2008 agreed to extend the Bishops term from 2010 to 2015.

Under the Church of Melanesia Constitution Bishops officially retire at the age of 60.

However, there is provision that it can be further extended to not more than five years by the synod; a supreme decision making body of the diocese.

The Ysabel synod felt that the Diocese still needs Bishop Naramana to continue to carry on with his vision and plans for the Diocese.

Under the Bishops leadership much has been achieved in mission and infrastructure, investment, education and training and partnership in the last three years.

He has exemplified able and visionary leadership that holds the diocese together in unity despite its diverse people and culture.

The Diocese of Ysabel is geographically the largest in the Province of Melanesia consisting of four provincial boundaries of Ysabel, Central, Western and Choiseul.

Bishop Naramana took office three years ago in 2005 as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Ysabel.