The Diocese of Hanuato’o’s Electoral Board has elected the Revd Arthur Stanley Abui as the fourth Bishop for the Diocese of Hanuato’o (DOH) in Makira Ulawa Province. The consecration will be held at the diocesan Cathedral, Saint Peter Cathedral, Kira Kira on 21st March 2021.
Revd Arthur was elected on Friday 22nd January at Hautabu, the headquarters of the Society of Saint Franciscan Brothers, near Selwyn College, west Guadalcanal, and succeeds the Right Reverend Alfred Karibongi, who retired in June 2020.
Revd Arthur is currently serving as the Mission Secretary of the Diocese of Hanuato’o, a post he has held since 2019. Prior to that he was a Chaplain at Saint Stephen Community College, Pamua in the Diocese of Hanuato’o 2014 to 2016. He also held several other posts in the Diocesan office since 2009.
Revd Arthur was ordained Priest on 8th December 2002, and began his priesthood ministry for three years serving as Parish Priest in East Arosi. In 2006 he was appointed Evangelism Coordinator and later became the Diocesan Mission Secretary in 2010.
Revd Arthur holds a Masters of Theology in Church Ministry from the Pacific Theological College, Suva fiji and a Degree in Church Ministry from BPTC, Kohimarama.
Revd Arthur comes from Heraniau village in Arosi 1, west Makira and is married to Rebecca Abui from Heuru village also in Arosi 1, West Makira and they have four children.
The Archbishop calls on all members of the Anglican Church of Melanesia to uphold Revd Arthur and his family in prayer as they prepare to take on this important responsibility in the church.