THE Melanesian Brotherhood (MBH) was formed by Ini Kopuria, a Policeman from Maravovo village, Guadalcanal in 1925. The order was formed purposely to evangelize people who had not heard the message of Christ in the most remote islands and villages throughout Solomon Islands. By doing so, the Brothers went out in pairs and live as brothers to the people, respecting their traditions or everyday life.
Today, the work of the Brotherhood has reached out to other countries beyond Solomon Islands. The Melanesian Brotherhood has three regions in the Pacific:
Melanesian Brotherhood became well known around the World during their struggle for peace in the year 1998 – 2003 during the ethnic tension.
The Brothers take the vows of Poverty, Chastity and obedience for three years that can be renewed. They train for four years as Novices and normally make their vows to become Brothers at the Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude.
The Head Quarter of the MBH is in Tabalia, west of Honiara.
NEWLY ELECTED LEADERS AS OF 2015 GREAT CONFERENCE
SOLOMON ISLANDS REGION
Regional Father – Archbishop of Melanesia The Most Reverend Leonard Dawea
BR. Jairus from Makira Ulawa Province (Head Brother)
BR. Augustin Paikeni from Ysabel Province (Assistant Head Brother)
Mr. ALPHONSE GARIMAE (Brotherhood Secretary)
The Mother House of the Melanesia Brotherhood
P O Box 1479
Honiara – SI
Tel: +677 26355
Fax: +677 23079
PAPUA NEW GUINEA REGION
Dobuduru Regional Headquarters
P O Box 29
Papua New Guinea
THE ARCHBISHOP OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA (Regional Father)
BR. Joe Narui (Regional Head Brother)
Malo island, opposite Santo Town
THE RT. REVD Patterson Worek, Bishop of the Diocese of Banks and Torres (Regional Father)
BR. Enis David (Regional Head Brother)
Information provided by: Mr. ALPHONSE GARIMAE (Brotherhood Secretary)
In 1861 Bishop Selwyn formed the missionary Diocese of Melanesia, within the Church of the Province of New Zealand.
He and the other bishops of New Zealand consecrated John Coleridge Patteson as first Bishop of Melanesia on 24th February, 1861.
Patteson continued the work of the Melanesia Mission which Bishop Selwyn had begun. “Southern Cross II” arrived in 1863, and patteson continued to visit the islands and became well known to people in many places.
He was the first white man to sleep ashore on islands like Mota, Makira and Guadalcanal. Patteson moved the Melanesian schoolboys from St.John’s, which was too cold, first to St Andrew’s Kohimarama, and then in 1867 to Norfolk island. Other priests and teachers came to help with the work.
In 1864 Patteson went ashore at Santa Cruz and talked to the people. He swam back to the boat, and they started to row out. Some men were standing on the reef. They began to shoot arrows at the boat. Two young Norfolk islanders, Fisher Young and Edwin Nobbs, were wounded, and later died of tetanus.
Patteson was sad when Bishop Selwyn left New Zealand to return to England. Then he received new that his own father died in England. His sister wanted him to go home for a holiday but he would not go.
He became sick and in 1870 had to go to New Zealand to see a doctor. His house was at the school at Norfolk Island, and he also had a house on Mota where he spent a lot of time.
When he took girls from Mota for school, he sewed dresses for them to wear on the ship. He did not think that Melanesians should be forced to wear European clothes or change their customs.
There was a lot of trouble in the islands because ships were taking young men to work in plantations in Fiji and Queensland. Many were forced to go. Some were killed. It became dangerous for white men to visit the islands.
In 1871 Patteson spent some months on Mota, and baptized many people, men, women and children. Then the “Southern Cross” took him to the Solomons, where they collected Joseph Atkin a young New Zealand priest, and Stephen Taroaniara, whom Patteson hoped to ordain, from Makira, and school boys from various islands.
On 20th September they arrived at Nukapu, where the bishop went ashore. The people took him to rest in a house while they prepared food.
A man named Teandule came and killed him with a club. They wrapped his body in a mat, and put it in a canoe to take to the cemetery. When they saw Atkin and others in the boat, they shot them with arrows. Atkin went back to get the bishop’s body with Joseph Wate and Charles Sapi.
They buried him at sea next morning. A few days later Stepehn Taroaniara and Joseph Atkin also died.
The Diocese of Vanuatu and New Caledonia (DOVNC) was inaugurated in 1975 at Lolowai on Ambae Island.
The Bishop then was the Rt Rev. Dereck Rawcliff.
Bishop who served in the diocese.
Bishop Dereck Rawcliff was consecrated in 1975 (served from 1975-1978).
Late Bishop Harry Tevi was consecrated in 1978 (served from 1978-1989)
Bishop Michael Tavoa was consecrated in 1990 (served from 1990-2000)
Bishop Hue Blessing Boe was consecrated in 2000 ( served from 2000- 2006)
Bishop James Marvin Ligo was consecrated in 15th October 2006 (died in office - December 2017) Bishop James Tama was consecrated on the 12th August 2018 - Current
The diocese has eight (8) regions and thirty nine (39) parishes and twenty (20) sub parishes.
There are 564 priests currently working in the diocese.
The Diocesan HQ is located in Luganville town on the island of Santo.
Contact the Diocese:
Information provided by DOVNC Office
Climate Change Program is a newly established Project within the Anglican Church of Melanesia Board of Mission (ACOMBM). It was set up in 2010; however, the initial planning was done in 2009. The purpose of the program is to create an avenue whereby issues of climate change variability and impacts that are affecting atoll island communities can be assessed. Currently the Church is engaging with the Ontong Java atoll communities lying just south of the equator 5 degrees and 258km north of Santa Isabel in the Solomon Islands with a population of 2,857.
The impacts of climate change being experienced include damages to food, diminishing of the islands physical geography, contamination of water source, and general health of the people. Some climate change issues affecting the people relate to sea level rise and strong storms as well as sporadic intense heat. These attributes have put the atoll islanders to be extremely vulnerable.
To address this situation V&A assessment was done proposing some intervention measures. Thus ACOM is undertaking a food and water security intervention. Pilot plots are being established to trial salt-resistant crops such as fruit (breadfruit) and root crops (taro) and vegetables (pumpkin).These crops are tried under an agro forest system. The communities are also being assisted with water improvement.
The initial part of the project on Food security &Water Security was funded by the Episcopal Relief Development (ERD) fund (still ongoing) and currently, a mission partner, the Anglican Board of Mission Australia (ABM) had stepped in to fund the water component of the Food and water security project in Ontong Java.
However, the Climate Change desk through its strategic plan will also focus on increasing its capacity to further involve its program on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) within ACoM Dioceses and Climate Change and Gender mainstreaming.
For futhure information, Contact:
Coordinator: Mr. Kasper Supa
Phone: through +677 21892
The Anglican Church of the Province of Melanesia is part of the World Wide Anglican Communion that has nine dioceses that include two (2) in Vanuatu and part of New Caledonia and seven (7) in the Solomon Islands. The current Primate and Archbishop who is also the bishop of the Diocese of Central Melanesia is the Most Reverend David Vunagi.
The spiritual head of the Province is the Archbishop of Melanesia.
The General Secretary is the Chief Executive Officer. The current General Secretary is Dr. Abraham Hauriasi.
The dioceses except for Central Melanesia (Honiara area) and Hanuato'o are divided into regions, each headed by a Senior Priest. The regions are further subdivided into Parishes or Districts headed by a Parish Priest usually called a rector. Catechists are lay people appointed by local community and authorized by the bishop to take services and look after the spiritual life of a village.
The Church of Melanesia holds three orders of ministry – deacon, priest and bishop. The church follows a Common Prayer Book called A Melanesian English Prayer Book.
The teaching of the church is on the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ, summed up in the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed. Holy Eucharist sometimes called “Mass” or Communion service is the focus of the church worship that is celebrated weekly wherever there is priest.
More about the Church do consult the church Canon and other materials on our resources page.
The Diocese of Ysabel (DOY) was inaugurated on the 1st of March 1975 at Jejevo Primary School after which the Diocesan Synod was held.
The first Diocesan Bishop was the late Sir Duddley Tuti. He was made an Assistant Bishop of the then Diocese of Melanesia in 1963. When the Diocese of Melanesia became a Province of its own from New Zealand, His Grace John Wallace Chisholm became the Arch Bishop and Bishop Duddley Tuti became the first Diocesan Bishop in 1975. He retired in 1980
BISHOP’S LIST SINCE INAUGURATION
There are four Regions or Deaneries in the diocese of Ysabel. The four Senior Priests or Archdeacons look after the four Regions.
The four Regions are;
The diocesan headquarter is located at Jejevo, Buala, Isabel Province
Office Phone: +677 35011,
THE Diocese of Hanuato’o (DOH) has successfully concluded their 8th Diocesan Synod and youth & Sunday School Convention at St. Stephen Chapel – Pamua Community College on Sunday the 1st of December 2013.
THE Mothers Union (MU) is the largest Anglican women’s organization in the world. Its history begins with its Founders, Mary Elizabeth Hey wood who was born on 31st December 1828.
In the Province of Melanesia, Mothers Union first started in 1919 in Ysabel by a Missionary wife, Mrs. Emily Sprott with the first 16 members and later in Malaita by Mrs. Gwendolyn Mason with the first members were admitted at Fiu. Later in 1938, the Mothers Union spread to Vanuatu by Mrs. Joyce Butu and Ms. Nellie Furgen on Pentecost Island (Raga).
The Mothers Union is spread out over the 9 dioceses with its headquarters in Honiara, Solomon Islands. It’s tri-annual General Meeting is held every three years and at least an annual meeting of the Provincial Council is held when funds permit. The Executive is responsible for the daily operation of the organization at the provincial level. Likewise, the dioceses have similar structures of operation. At the village level, the structure becomes informal.
The Mothers Union continued to grow in both countries to now with a membership of 16,500.
Each diocesan Mothers Union has its own office with the President, and the Diocesan Executive, the Council comprises of Regional Leaders, Parish Leaders and Village Leaders.
The Mothers Union is focusing on Family Life as its basic foundation for teaching and is organizing programs that are based on it. It also coordinates programs such as the Literacy Program which is currently funded by the Ecumenical Resource and Development (ERD) and the Solar Project funded by the Australian Overseas Aid (AOA).
The Mothers Union has programs facilitated at the parish level to cater for members at the parish level. These programs are on life skills, Bible studies, and home visits.
The Mothers Union has other departments working within its structure such as the Action & Outreach which is responsible for areas in social issues, domestic violence, human trafficking, response to natural disaster calls, hospital and prison programs.
Literature Department is involved in publication of booklets, pamphlets, MU materials and other productions that involved information for members and families.
Girls Friendly Society is a young women’s organization which is currently operating under the Mothers Union and it encompasses programs suitable for young girls.
The Provincial Mothers Union Office is located at the bottom floor of St. Agnes Rest House opposite the old Quality Inn Motel.
The new Provincial Mothers Union President is Mrs. Pamela Abana, elected at the MU greate conference at the Melanesian haus on in 2017.
PROVINCIAL MU PRESIDENT
Mrs. Pamela Abana
Telephone: +677 20518 / 25575
THE Christian Care Centre (CCC) is an Anglican Institution operated by two orders of Anglican nuns, the Community of Sisters of the Church (CSC) and the Community of Sisters of Melanesia (CSM).The Christian Care Centre (CCC) plays an unique role in the Solomon Islands as the sole key provider of short term shelter to women and children affected by gender based violence. The church provided monthly grant for the entire operation of the centre, hence, donations and friends also support the CCC in its normal operation.
Christian Care Centre has a well-earned reputation with Ausaid, European Union, the Solomon Islands Government and World Vision as delivering, under difficult circumstances, a crucial service to vulnerable women and children. Unfortunately, despite much good will and support from public and potential donors the Christian Care Centre has struggled to increase funding and develop long range plans to meet the growing needs placed upon it. In partnership with World Vision through Ausaid funding a clear 5-year strategy providing clear direction and support for organisational development had established for the centre on a sound financial footing and increase its effectiveness to play its role.
Contact Sister Phyllis Sau on Mobile: (677) should you wish to know more about whats happening in the Christian Care Center.