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Melanesian Messenger Online distributed by the
Church of the Province of Melanesia
News In Brief
by Richard Toke
November 4, 2004

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The first bishop of the Diocese of Vanuatu (then Diocese of New Hebrides) Bp. Derick Rawcliffe paid a brief visit to Melanesia since mid-October.

Bp. Rawcliffe visited some of the Dioceses both in the Solomon Islands and the Republic of Vanuatu. During that time Diocesan Headquarter was at Lolowai on Ambae Island.

Bp. Harry Tevi succeeded him.

Now in his 80s Bp. Rawcliffe served alongside Bp. Dudley Tuti and the late Bp. Leonard Alufurai as first bishops of Malaita and Ysabel.

Sr. Kathleen Kapei was made Sister Provincial of the order of the Sisters of the Church-CSC at their headquarter at Tete Ni Kolivuti, east of Honiara recently.

She replaces Sr. Doreen who heads the Community for the past 3-years and her tenure as head of the Community ends this year.

Sr. Kathleen comes from Ontong Java and spent most part of her ministry at St. Raphael Convent in Auki.

Four young men from the Anglican Church in the Philippines arrived in the country in early September to join the Melanesian Brotherhood as first year Novices.

They will undergo noviciate training and return to the Phillipines to serve in their community.

Randy Giles from the Anglican Church in the USA working as a missionary in India in the area of Liturgy and Music has visited the church to conduct some training for choir masters and choirs.

Mr Giles has been to Melanesia in 2003 to record hymns from Melanesia funded by the Church in USA.