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Reverend Fereimi Cama Installed As First iTaukei Archbishop

He was installed in the presence of the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote, New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr and hundreds of church members and leaders from Polynesia and New Zealand.
11 Mar 2019 10:15
Reverend Fereimi Cama Installed As First iTaukei Archbishop
President Jioji Konrote (front middle), with newly-installed Anglican Archbishop of the Diocese of Polynesia Reverend Fereimi Cama (front right), the New Zealand Archbishops and high-ranking members of the Anglican Church at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Suva on March 10, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

The first Anglican Church iTaukei Archbishop, Reverend Fereimi Cama, was installed at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Suva yesterday.

He is the seventh Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Polynesia and his recognition as Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia.

Archbishop Cama is the first iTaukei to be ordained as the Diocesan Bishop and Archbishop of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia since the Anglican Church began its work in Fiji on November 14, 1870.

He was installed in the presence of the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote, New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr and hundreds of church members and leaders from Polynesia and New Zealand.

“I am so grateful to the church for their faith and trust in me in the selection I was chosen to be the next Bishop for the Diocese of Polynesia,” Archbishop Cama said.

“I told them in college that I will not introduce anything new in the first year.

“We will try to look at what had been carried out last year and pressure cook it to make it tender and easier for people to swallow.

“We will need them to sort out some differences that are there in the different parishes throughout the Diocese and only then they will be able to accept another new thing that comes along.

“Without sorting out those differences, it will be too difficult to introduce anything new at this point of time.”

Archbishop Cama said it was a proud moment for him being ordained as the first iTaukei Archbishop.

“For me, it is nothing new as I was the first Fijian Dean in the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Suva from 1999 to 2012 and now I am coming into a new environment, new challenges.

“But I hope and pray that with God’s blessings and guidance I will be able to go through those challenges with the help and the support of our people in the Diocese,” Archbishop Cama said.

Archbishop Cama was born on March 2, 1955, in the village of Nukuni in Ono-i-Lau. He is 64 years old and a former teacher of 20 years.

He went to Queen Victoria School and completed his tertiary education from Corpus Christi College where he met and later married his late wife, Mereadani Cama, and together have four children.

As a young boy growing up in the village, it was Archbishop Cama’s dream to one day serve in the church.

Edited by Percy Kean

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