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New Bishop for Temotu to be known by August
 
MELANESIAN MESSENGER 090522-2
May 22, 2009

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] 
Electoral Board of the Diocese of Temotu will decide on their new Bishop in August 2009.

The new Bishop will be chosen at meeting to be at the Nazareth Apostolic Centre of the Roman catholic Church on east Honiara.

The new Bishop will replace the Rt Rev’d David Vunagi who now heads the Anglican Church of Melanesia as its Primate.

The new Bishop will become the fourth in succession of those who have served the Diocese since its inauguration in March 1981.

Temotu was the fifth Diocese to be inaugurated in Melanesia after the first four; Central Melanesia, Malaita, Ysabel and Vanuatu were inaugurated when Melanesia became independent from New Zealand in 1975.

It was also the first of three Dioceses including Hanuato and Central Solomons; to be created out of the Diocese of Central Melanesia.

Its first Bishop was Amos Waiaru of Santa Ana in the Makira Ulawa province who served for 5 years before he later became the third Archbishop of Melanesia.

Bishop Lazarus Munamua became the second Diocesan Bishop for 13 years since 1986. He is from Tikopia in Temotu province.

Bishop Vunagi from Ysabel province was chosen in 2000 and in May 2001 consecrated and installed as the third Bishop. He served since then until April this year when he was translated to become the fifth Primate of the Church.

The first two Bishops are now leading a quite life in their respective home villages on Santa Ana and Utupua.

Consecration and installation of the new Bishop for the Diocese of Temotu will be held early next year at Lata Diocesan Headquarters.