Archbishop of Melanesia
The Archbishop of Melanesia is the spiritual head of the Church of the Province of Melanesia, which is a province of the Anglican Communion in the South Pacific region, covering the nations of Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. From 1861 until the inauguration of Church of the Province of Melanesia in 1975, the Bishop of Melanesia was the head of the Diocese of Melanesia.
The 1st Bishop of Melanesia was John Patteson, consecrated in 1861. Three years later his church suffered its 1st two martyrdoms, and the Bishop was himself martyred in September 1871. He is now remembered in the calendar of many Anglican provinces. The mission to Melanesia advanced, and the diocese was subdivided and regional diocesan bishops created, until in 1975 it was officially formed into a new Province of the Anglican church with the Bishop of Melanesia, John Chisholm, becoming the 1st Bishop of Central Melanesia and Archbishop of Melanesia.
The primatial archbishop title belongs ex officio to the diocesan bishop of that metropolitan see – as such, the bishop elected as Archbishop leaves his previous see and is translated to Central Melanesia in order to become primate. Chisholm died shortly after appointment and the then dean of St. Barnabas Cathedral, Norman Palmer, was chosen the 2nd Archbishop. After the retirement of Archbishop Norman, the 3rd Archbishop was Amos Waiaru, who served until Ellison Pogo replaced him in the office where he served for fourteen years from 1994 to December 2008. He was honored by Elizabeth II – becoming a Knight of the Order of the British Empire[N 1] – and by the Archbishop of Canterbury – being awarded the rare medal of the Order of St Augustine.
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Pentecost, 31 May 2009.
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