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Bishop Elect the Rev Canon Sam Sahu
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September 14, 2008

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The Reverend Canon Sam Sahu has been chosen as the new Bishop for the Church of Melanesia's Anglican Diocese of Malaita in Solomon Islands.

This follows todays election by the Diocesan Electoral Board and the subsequent endorsement by the Council of Bishops at TNK; Headquarters of the Sisters of the Church on North Guadalcanal.

The Reverend Canon Sahu hails from Lama’a village, East Kwara’ae on Malaita island and is currently the Mission Secretary of the Church’s Melanesian Board of Mission.

Canon Sahu holds a licentiate of Theology and a Graduate Diploma in Theology from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He also holds a Master of Theology and a Bachelor of Theology from the Trinity College in Singapore.

Canon Sahu has previously served in various positions within the Church at the parish, Institution and provincial level.

His previous work experience includes two years as Lecturer and Acting Principal of Bishop Patteson Theological College of the Church as well as Coordinator of Evangelism and Renewal of the Melanesian Board of Mission.

He is married to Rosemary Siale and they have four children; Rita, Selwyn, Linda and Jean.

The Bishop Elect will be consecrated and installed as the fifth Bishop of Malaita on November 2, 2008 at the Diocesan Cathedral at Fiu on Malaita.

The election was held following the retirement of the Diocesan Bishop the Rt Reverend Terry Brown in August 2008.

The Church is asked to remember the Reverend Canon Sam Sahu in prayer as he prepares himself to take on the new responsibility.