Peter Loy Chong to be ordained Fiji Archbishop in June

The episcopal ordination of the Archbishop Elect Father Peter Loy Chong will take place on 8 June.

He will become the 6th Roman Catholic Bishop of Fiji

Loy Chong is currently in the US for his graduation where he will receive his Doctor in Theology at the St Clare University.

An American priest, Father Robert McCann, in whose parish Loy Chong lived while earning a doctorate at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, has noted the comparative rapidity with which his own Bishop, Michael Barber, is about to be ordained Bishop of Oakland –  just one month after being named. 

“This is amazingly fast,” McCann wrote, noting that Loy Chong was named a bishop last December.

One of the presiding bishops at Loy Chong’s ordination will be the man he is succeeding, Archbishop Petero Mataca, who was ordained Archbishop in 1976, and has served as Bishop for 38 years.

Mataca will be joined by Archbishop John Dew of Wellington, Bishop Sowane Mafi of Tonga.

There is also likely to be a representative from the Vatican attending ceremony.

Amongst the invited guests are the President of Fiji, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, government ministers, church leaders from religious organizations and civil society leaders.

The ordination be in the Vodafone Arena and more than ten thousand people are expected to attend.

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