Bishop Eleanor was among the 2,000-strong congregation that gathered at Suva’s Holy Trinity Cathedral on the 10th of March to tautoko (support) the new Bishop of Polynesia and Archbishop of our Tikanga Pasefika family at his ordination and installation. But she wasn’t the only one from our movement in Fiji at the time.
As well as being joined by Archdeacons Julie Rokatakala and Wendy Scott, Bishop Ellie happened to bump into Etienne Wain from the Tikanga Toru Youth Commission, who is part of our Blueprint Church whānau, as well as the Better World Gap Year team, in Fiji undertaking climate change-related mission work. Also there were Hannah Gennard from our Tawa whānau, an NZCMS missionary serving as an intern early childhood teacher in Suva, and Jessie Black, a leader from our Blueprint Church pioneer mission unit. Taken together, our diocese presented a strong, vibrant and youthful presence at the celebration in support of the new archbishop.
Archdeacon Julie presented gifts from our diocese, which included a large Mass and a pectoral cross made from Rata root, made by Ian Campbell from Ōtaki, reflecting the depth of the new archbishop’s service and a deepening relationship with Jesus.
You can read all about the service and about Archbishop Fereimi in this article on the Anglican Taonga website. You can also view photos of his traditional ceremony of welcome on the Diocese of Polynesia’s Facebook page here, and photos of the ordination and installation ceremony here.