First step towards sainthood taken for PNG Bishop

On 15 April Pope Francis authorised the Congregation of the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree regarding the heroic virtues of Bishop Alain-Marie Guynot de Boismenu, the second vicar apostolic of Papua New Guinea. 

This is the first step in the process that leads to sainthood. His cause was opened in 1984  and was forwarded to Rome to 1996.

Guynot de Boismenu arrived at Yule Island in Papua New Guinea at the age of 28 and stayed there till his death in 1953 at the age of 83.

Read press release from Bishop Rochus Tatamai

  • Born in Saint-Malo, France in 1870.
  • Professed as a member of  the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in 1888
  •  Ordained a priest in 1895.
  • Appointed Coadjutor Vicar Apostolic  of Papua New Guinea in 1899.
  • Became the second vicar apostolic of Papua New Guinea in 1908, retiring in 1945.


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