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Bishop Terry Brown, Bishop for Malaita Diocese putting on the mitre on the newly consecrated Bishop Ligo.
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The consecration of Bishop Ligo.
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Bishop James Marvin Ligo
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Consecration of New DOV Bishop
November 1, 2006

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] Anglicans in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu turned out in huge numbers to witness one of the biggest events of the Church of Melanesia this year; the consecration and installation of the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Vanuatu on 15th October 2006.

The consecration and installment of Fr. James Marvin Ligo to the Office of Bishop was administered by the Archbishop The Most Rev Sir Ellison Pogo KBE assisted by other Diocesian Bishops of the province.

Bishop Ligo 47, was elected by an Electoral Board of the Church on 28th August 2006, at the Diocesian headquarters at Sarakata in Lunganville on Santo, Vanuatu.

The election of the new bishop was necessitated by the retirement the former Diocesan Bishop Hugh Blessing Boe, on medical grounds.

The Rt Rev. Ligo commenced his Theological Studies at Bishop Pattesson Theological College Kohimarama in 1996 and graduated in 1999. Prior to taking up theological studies he worked as a media officer for the Vanuatu government from 1992 to 1994.

At the time of his election Fr. Ligo was Port Chaplain to the Seafarers Mission based in Port Vila. He was also the National Coordinator of the Scripture Union in Vanuatu.

According to his counterpart in Honiara Fr. Wilson Mapuru, who had regular contacts with him, Fr. Ligo is a loyal and dedicated priest who never falters in his ministerial work in the church. And this has been particularly evident in the work he has done for the seafarers mission in his country.

The Rt Rev Ligo is from Pentecost island and is married to Patricia Kalterera a Kindergaten teacher in Port Vila. They have four children.