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BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF BOUGAINVILLE PASSES AWAY.
It is with great sorrow that we share with you, the passing of the Bishop of Bougainville, His Lordship Bernard Unbali. Born on the 5th of May 1957, he was ordained a Priest of the Diocese of Bougainville on December 14, 1985. On June 01, 2006, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Bougainville. On the 15th of December, 2009, he was appointed as Bishop of Bougainville. He passed away on August 10, 2019, in the Philippines after seeking medical treatment for Diabetes. We pray for the repose of his soul, and also for his immediate family, the Priests and the people of Bougainville. May God give them comfort in this time of sorrow.
NEW BISHOPS NAMED FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MADANG AND DIOCESE OF BEREINA, RESPECTIVELY.
Bishop Anton Bal named as new Archbishop of Madang.
The Bishop of the Diocese of Kundiawa, Most Reverend Anton Bal was named as the new Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Madang, taking over from Archbishop Stephen Reichart OFM Cap. The Archbishop elect is an ordained Priest of the Diocese of Kundiawa, Chimbu province.
Bishop Otto Separy named as new Bishop of Bereina Diocese.
Most Reverend Otto Separy, formerly the Bishop of the Diocese of Aitape, Sandaun province, was named by His Holiness Pope Francis as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Bereina, Central Province. He was ordained Priest for the Diocese of Wewak. He takes on the vacant Episcopal See of Bereina, which has been left vacant since the tranfer of Bishop Rochus Tatamai MSC to the Kavieng Diocese.