Anglicans and Catholics in Solomon Islands prepare to welcome new bishops

The Catholic Church of Solomon Islands will soon witness the installation of its third archbishop.

And on the same weekend the Anglicans will consecrate the fifth bishop of Temotu (Santa Cruz).

Archbishop, Christopher Cardone  was appointed the Catholic archbishop of Honiara in June.

The Chairman of the Installation Committee of Holy Cross Parish, Mr. Aloysius Po’oina has confirmed that the festivities to welcome Cardone will start on Friday 9th September.

The installation will take place on Saturday 10th September.

Cardone succeeds Archbishop Adrian Thomas Smith.

A native of Long Island, New York Cardone has been the bishop of Auki, in the Solomon Islands, since 2004.

Anglican bishop-elect, Father Leonard Dawea will be consecrated on 11th September.

Dawea, 44, succeeds the Most Reverend George Takeli who was enthroned and installed as the archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia and bishop of the diocese of Central Melanesia in April this year.

He is currently serving as the Diocesan Secretary to the Diocese of Temotu, a post he has held since 2015.

Dawea holds a Bachelor of Theology with Honours from the University College of Chester, now Chester University, in the United Kingdom.

He comes from Malubu Village in the Reef Islands, Temotu Province.

He is married to Mrs Dorah Dawea of Guadalcanal and they have two children.

Prior to joining the Anglican priesthood,  Dawea was a member of the Church’s Melanesian Brotherhood for twelve years.


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