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Church Leader Set To Call It A Day

Church Leader Set To Call It A Day
From left Archbishop Api Qiliho, Archbishop Orisi Vuki and Archbishop Winston Halapua during the 38th Diocesan Synod of the Diocese of Polynesia on April 14,2018.Photo: Simione Haravanua.
April 15
11:00 2018

A Suva-based church leader who is set to retire from duties in August this year, says it has been a tremendous priv­ilege to be called by God.

Archbishop of Polynesia, the Most Reverend Winston Halapua, said he enjoyed every part of his journey “with the Lord”.

Reverend Halapua, one of the longest-serving Anglican Church bishops in the Pacific region, has been serving in the church for 52 years.

“I have come to the end of my term and I have enjoyed every part of my journey with the Lord,” he said.

Reverend Halapua, 73, will retire this August after serving as the Archbishop of Polynesia for eight years.

Also retiring with him is the Rev­erend Apimeleki Qiliho.

“After we retire in August, Vicar- General Orisi Vuki will be taking over until the next Archbishop is elected in January,” Reverend Halapua said.

“So now we have come to an end of our term, which we called tack­ing.

“Tacking is when we come togeth­er and look at our harvest in terms of our achievements throughout our years of service. It’s the time to get in new ideas and share the good news to measure our growth.”

Reverend Halapua said they had come up with some strategies that would help the group of people who would take over.

“We don’t know who God will select, this is why we are excited because God has given us so much and there’s so much to be grateful for,” he said.

Edited by Epineri Vula


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