Bishop Henry Bull was consecrated as the Suffragan Bishop of Vanua Levu and Taveuni in the Diocese of Polynesia on Sunday (10 December) 
Photo Credit: Anglican Taonga

from ACNS — Anglican Communion News Service

A new suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Polynesia has been consecrated under a make-shift shelter on the island of Vanua Levu, rather than the cathedral in Suva, on Fiji’s other main island Viti Levu.

Bishop Henry Bull, the new suffragan Bishop of Vanua Levu and Taveuni, was consecrated on Sunday (10 December) under a large corrugated tin roof, held up by scaffolding, in the playground of St Mary’s Primary School in Labasa, because the journey to Holy Trinity Cathedral in Suva would have been too difficult for his supporters.

Anglican Taonga, the official news service of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, put it this way: “Around those parts, many folk are subsistence farmers – and for them, a long and complicated trip to Suva, on the far side of Fiji’s other main island, Viti Levu, for an ordination in Holy Trinity Cathedral was possible in theory, maybe – but so too, is flying to the moon.”

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