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2013 - Photos of a visit to Pivo

May 2013 - Anglicans say “no to violence”

World Day of Prayer 2012 - More photos from 2012 event

18 February 2012 - Ordination of Gilford Kove to Diaconate

1 December 2011 -- Letter to Anglican Covenant Office re:Covenant acceptance (pdf)

24 June 2011 - The maps have been updated

23 June 2011 - Several pages about the organsiation of the Church have been updated with new information.

25 June 2010 -- The Sinkai Lecture

New Anglican Archbishop - 2010

June 2010 -- The provincial council of the Anglican Church of PNG has elected the Rt. Rev. Joseph Kopapa, bishop of Popondota diocese, as its new archbishop and primate.

World Prayer Day 2009

See announcement about World Prayer Day focusing on Papua New Guinea. --- Click Here

21 Feb 2009 -- Dedication of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd

Oro Disaster 2007

See announcement from Archbishop James Ayong, Primate of the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea. --- Click Here

Bishop David Hand (6 Apr 2006)

6th. April, 2006, at 11.15 am (PNG Time) Bishop David Hand died at Pacific General Hospital in Port Moresby. He had been very ill for some time, but in the end died peacefully, with many of his adopted family close by. I had the privilege of giving him the Last Rites a few hours earlier (the evening of the 5th. April). [Obituary]
 
I think Bishop David would have wanted us to give thanks with him for a holy death after a life lived in faith and in hope of Life Eternal.
 
God bless,
Yours in Christ,
Bishop Peter.

 

New Bishop for Popondota (Oct 2005)

On the 10th. October, 2005, the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea elected Father Joe Kopapa to be the next Bishop of Popondota Diocese. He will need our prayers as he takes up his new responsibilities.

His will be no easy task. A bishop is both a leader and a servant to his people. He leads primarily by example and teaches most effectively by the kind of person he is and the kind things he does.

He receives obedience from his clergy but must also be obedient --- to the Church he serves. He is not alone in his decisions: the people of God surround him; his brother bishops are beside him to share his burden. He can call on the inherited wisdom of the Church through two thousand years. He has his prayer life to keep him close to Jesus. He has his Bible giving clear guidance to one who reads it carefully and prayerfully.

He has you and me to pray for him.

What are the gifts a bishop needs to do his work? Different people bring different gifts. No two of us are alike. Since God has called Father Joe to be Bishop of Popondota we may be sure he will have the gifts his diocese needs from him, but three gifts are important for every bishop;

Firstly, a bishop needs ears to hear what people are saying with understanding. He will listen for the meaning behind the words, to the need, to the heart. He will hear the difference between truth and deceit.

Secondly, a bishop needs eyes to see what the Holy Spirit wants him to see. He will see the real situation in the present, learn the necessary lessons from the past, and see the way forward into the future.

Thirdly, a bishop needs courage to speak not just his own mind but the mind of Christ. He will speak not for himself but for the Church.

All this must be under-girded by personal humility and an obedient heart.

Whether you are an Anglican or not, please say a prayer for Father Joe and Popodota.

 

Baptism Recognition (Nov 2003)

The Anglican, Catholic and Lutheran Churches in PNG have signed an historic agreement to recognise the validity of each others baptism. The signing of the agreement also means that the three churches recognised the apostolic roots of their common Christian faith. The signing does not, however, mean that there will be any merger of the churches. The agreement was signed by the Anglican Archbishop James Ayong, Bishop Kiage Motoro of the Lutheran Church and Bishop John Ribot from the Catholic Church.

Funeral of the Seven Melanesian Brothers Who Died in Solomon Islands (Oct 2003)

The Melanesian Brothers who were allegedly killed by followers of the militant Harold Keke will receive a final burial this Friday, 24th October, 2003. The seven Brothers, murdered earlier this year on the remote Weathercoast of Guadalcanal, will be laid to rest at Tabalia, (Headquarters of the Melanesian Brotherhood) in West Guadalcanal.

The ceremony will be attended by families and relatives from all over Solomon Islands, as well as from Papua New Guinea, home country of Brother Robin Lindsay. Alison Sparham (Chester Diocesan Link with Melanesia) writes : "The coffins of the Brothers are due to leave Honiara Cathedral at 6.30am by road, with a commendation by the Dean. Villagers will be lining the 20 mile road to pay their respects, and the service at Tabalia will be at 10.00am. Three families have already arrived, and their grieving is very painful." Alison asks us to remember especially Brother Richard Carter, the MBH Chaplain, as he copes with everything.

SI time is GMT +11 hrs. - Evening Prayer time for many in UK.

Memory Eternal :
Robin Lindsay
Francis Tofi
Alfred Hill
Ini Paratabatu
Patteson Gatu
Tony Sirihi
Nathanial Sado


The Brothers remains were brought to Honiara after exhumation by police as part of their investigations into killings by Keke and his men. Keke's surrender to the Australian led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in August - just four days after the Brothers deaths were confirmed - is considered to be a watershed in efforts to disarm militants after years of ethnic fighting between the Guadalcanalese and settlers from Malaita. The Deputy Police Commissioner, Ben McDevitt (from UK) recently said that six people involved in the Brothers' killing have been arrested following a full confession from them.

The Solomon Islands Government has declared Friday, 24th October 2003 a Remembrance Day for all who have died in pursuit of "National Peace"

[Various Sources]

Thank you for your prayers.




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