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ACOM to install new Primate this Sunday
May 28, 2009

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] 
Bishop David Vunagi will be installed as the fifth Primate of the Anglican Church of Melanesia this Sunday 31 May 2009 in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

The installation and enthronement will be conducted at the St Barnabas Provincial Cathedral starting at 7.30am.

All diocesan Bishops of the Anglican Church of Melanesia will be installing Bishop Vunagi as the new Archbishop during the service.

Among dignitaries to the enthronement are the Governor General of Solomon Islands Sir Nathaniel Waena, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Dr. Derek Sikua the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu, Ham Lini.

Among overseas dignitaries who have arrived during the week are the former Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada the Rt Rev. Michael Pearce, the Rt Rev. Ngarahu Ketene of the Anglican Church of New Zealand, the Rev Ian Lambert from the Diocese of Melbourne, Brian Cobban and Peter Jensen from the Melanesian Mission Trust Board New Zealand, Andrew Cartwright and Bishop Willie Pwaisiho of the Melanesian Mission UK, former Archbishops overseas Commissaries the Rev Garry Fagg of Australia and the Rev Canon David Bindon of New Zealand, the Rev Hamish Thompson, Anglican Church missionary pioneer Hellen Barret, Rose Ellu from the Torres Straits of Australia and Dr. Julian Steward from the Anglican Board of Mission Australia, as well as delegates from Vanuatu and the Vice Chancellor of Vanuatu Duddley Aru.

Following the enthronement there will be gift presentations, feasting and entertainment.

Bishop David Vunagi will replace the former Primate Archbishop Emeritus Sir Ellison Pogo who retired in December last year as the heads of the Anglican Church of Melanesia in Solomon islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.