Over 2,000 people witnessed the consecrated and installment of the Reverend Arthur Stanley Abui as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Hanuato’o (DoH), at Saint Peters Cathedral, Kirakira on Sunday 21st March.
The Most Reverend Leonard Dawea, Archbishop of ACoM officiated the ceremony, assisted by the Senior Bishop and Bishop of the Diocese of Malaita the Rt Rev Sam Sahu, the Assistant Bishop of Malaita the Rt Rev Rickson Maomaoru, Bishop of the Diocese of Ysabel the Rt Rev Ellison Quity, Bishop of the Diocese of Temotu the Rt Rev. Willie Tungale, Bishop of the Diocese of Guadalcanal the Rt Rev Benedict Loe and Retired Bishop the Rt Rev Alfred Karibongi.
Immediately after he was consecrated, the Vicar General of the DoH Rev. Clayton Maha installed the Rt Rev Arthur Abui in the episcopal chair of the Diocesan Cathedral, as a sign of his role and responsibility as chief shepherd of the diocese.
“I have no great intention to come on board with new ideas and developments. I would rather continue on with the vision and mission statement of the diocese passed by the 10th diocesan synod in December 2020,” the newly consecrated Bishop said in his inaugural address in the church.
“Our vision statement puts an emphasis on to hear, live and joyfully proclaim the gospel of Christ to our people. Our mission statement focuses on our baptismal ministries to build up the body of Christ, which is the church. This is trying to achieve our vision statement. Importantly to recognise and serve those who are in need in our society”, he added.
Taken from the Diocesan Vision and Mission statements, the Rt Rev. Arthur Abui said his theme for this year 2021 is “HANUA TO HANUA FOR CHRIST”, meaning the gospel of Christ should begin at home.
“The theme should germinate at home, grow at home, matured at home before it goes out to other people, communities and society. Acts of the Apostle 1.8 states, be my witnesses beginning in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the end of the World.” Bishop Abui added.
“I am confident the diocese will continue to progress through your capable leadership with the support of your clergies.” The Most Rev. Leonard Dawea told Bishop Abui in his speech during the feasting.
“There is no school for the bishopric; but by working with and listening to the people; you will learn most how to be a bishop”, the Archbishop added.
The Archbishop calls on the Diocese to support the Bishop and on all members of the church to continue to pray for the Rt Rev Arthur Stanley Abui and his family as he begins this very important role in the Diocese of Hanuato’o and in the Anglican Church of Melanesia.