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Rev'd Kuper (centre) with relatives during the Eucharist before being handed to the Bishops to be dressed in priests' attire during his consecration and installation.
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Bishop Kuper after his consecration and installation in front of the diocesan cathedral.
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New Bishop of Hanuato'o Consecrated
by Richard Toke
April 13, 2005

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The Revd Jonnie Kuper was consecrated and installed as the second Bishop of Hanuato'o Diocese at Kira Kira, Makira on Sunday April 10th.

The consecration was done by the Archbishop of Melanesia, the Most Rev'd Sir Ellison Pogo in the presence of the other Diocesan Bishops, ecumenical partners and the hundreds of communicants.

The Rev'd Brian Mcdonald Milne from the Melanesian Mission-United Kingdom preached on the occasion.

Bp. Kuper replaces Bp. James Mason who left the post at the end of July 2004 to take up pastoral work in the Diocese of Exeter in England as from the end of last year.

Bp. Kuper is from Santa Anna island in the Diocese of Hanuato'o.