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Bishop James Ligo of the Diocese of Vanuatu putting on the new Bishops mitre
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Bishop Sahu being greeted by Fr. Brian McDonald of UK. On his left are the Diocesan Assistant Bishop Alfred Hou and Bishop Sahus predecessor Bishop Terry Brown
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Bishop Sahu and family members Jean, Linda and Bishops wife Rose
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November 2, 2008

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The Church of Melanesia this morning consecrated and installed Canon Sam Sahu as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Malaita in Solomon Islands.

His consecration and installation took place at Christ the King Cathedral at Fiu village before an estimated record congregation of six thousand people.

In his inaugural address Bishop Sahu pledged to work closely with fellow leaders and people of the province to develop goals that are relevant to the Malaita context.

Bishop Sahu who hails from East Kwara’ae region in Malaita is the fifth Bishop replacing Bishop Terry Brown who retired in August this year.

One of his immediate priorities is to ensure the church and societal leaders in Malaita work together towards addressing pressing issues facing the province.

Bishop Sahu acknowledges that Malaita is a difficult province to lead, especially in light of the growing social and economic pressures triggered by global forces.

However, he firmly believed that with God’s divine guidance, leaders will be able to find ways that can address the difficulties created by human greed and carelessness.

He also acknowledged that church leadership is not an easy task and he will commit himself to learn from leaders and people from all spheres of life including government, church and traditional leaders in the church and abroad.

“As a new Bishop I’m looking forward to work closely with leaders and people to develop a new vision at this time of rapid social and economic changes to make an impact on Malaita,” he said.
“Together we are called by God to serve him on Malaita and in the rest of the world.”

The consecration and installation ceremony was attended by the Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena, the Premier of Malaita province Richard Irosaea, overseas partners, local ecumenical partners and representatives from all the regions of Malaita and all other Dioceses in the Church of Melanesia.

Guest of Honour Sir Nathaniel encouraged Bishop Sahu to play a leading role in the process of reconciliation and healing in the province.

“I’m deeply confident that your leadership through the church has light to the world,” Sir Waena said.

Sir Nathaniel expressed confidence that Bishop Sahu’s consecration is Gods call and he has every confidence in the Bishops qualities.

Bishop Sahu has been chosen as the new Anglican head of Malaita following his election on September 14, 2008.

He 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 Bachelor of Theology from the Trinity College in Singapore.

Bishop 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 at Bishop Patteson Theological College Kohimarama as well as Mission Secretary of the Melanesian Board of Mission.
He is married to Rosemary Siale and they have four children; Rita, Selwyn, Linda and Jean.