The Melanesian Martyrs' Memorial Church of St Andrews

Pentecost 16c, 2019 – Patronal Festival

The Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) has a new Archbishop. He is the Rt Revd Leonard Dawea, Archbishop Leonard was previously the Bishop of the Diocese of Temotu in the Solomon Islands.

Archbishop Leonard is the seventh Archbishop in succession since the Anglican Church of Melanesia was inaugurated in January 1975 as an independent ecclesiastical province from New Zealand. He succeeds the Most Revd George Angus Takeli who retired on the 24th of March this year.

Archbishop Leonard holds a Bachelor of Theology with Honours (BTh/Hons.), in the field of Theology and Ethics from the University College Chester (now Chester University).

Prior to being elected as the next Archbishop of the church, he served the ACOM as a full member of the Melanesian Brotherhood from 1995 to 2007. He was ordained into the Priesthood in 2007. After his ordination he served within the Melanesian Brotherhood as tutor and chaplain. In 2013 he was appointed the Mission Secretary of the Diocese of Temotu from 2013 to 2014 and later as Diocesan Secretary from 2015 to 2016.

From the Reefs islands in Temotu Archbishop Leonard is married to Dorah Dawea from Guadalcanal and has two children.

He was enthroned and installed as Archbishop on the 15th September at Saint Barnabas Provincial Cathedral.  Pentecost 16c 19 – Patronal Festival