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New Melanesian Archbishop to be elected in March
February 16, 2009

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] A new Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia will be known by next month when the Church Electoral Board sits to make the appointment.

The Church has yet to have its new spiritual leader following the retirement of Sir Ellison Pogo on December 9 last year. Sir Ellison served as archbishop for the last 14 years.

The March election will take place at Tetete Ni Kolivuti; headquarters of the Community of the Sisters of the Church on North Guadalcanal east of Honiara.

The enthronement follows on 31 May 2009 at the St. Barnabas Provincial Cathedral in Honiara.

The new archbishop will become the fifth in succession since Melanesia was inaugurated in January 1975 as an independent ecclesiastical province from New Zealand.

The archbishops since then were the late John Chisholm, the late Norman Kitchener Palmer, Amos Waiaru, and Sir Ellison Pogo.

The Province of Melanesia covers three independent nations of Solomon Islands, the Republic of Vanuatu and the French Trust Territory of New Caledonia.

Its Provincial Headquarters is in Honiara with a Provincial Administration Office at Luganville on Santo in Vanuatu. It has six dioceses in Solomon Islands and two in Vanuatu.

The Church is encouraging members to keep this in their prayers.