Suva - Fiji - The Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples has appointed by Fr John Ikaetere MSC as the Ecclesiastical Superior of the "Sui iuris" Mission of Funafuti, Tuvalu.
Fr. John Ikaetere MSC was installed as Ecclesiastical Superior on Sunday 16th January, 2011 by the Apostolic Delegate Archbishop Charles Balvo. Fr. Simon Mani MSC as Superior of the Pacific Union was representing the Pacific Union at the ceremony on Sunday.
The Tuvalu archipelago consist of six true atolls and three reef islands. The true atolls are Funafuti, Nanumea, Nui, Nukufetau, and Nukulaelae, while Nanumaga, Niulakita, and Niutao are single islands. The last three have small salt-water ponds, while Nanumea has a fresh water pond, unusual for an atoll. Tuvalu has a population of approximately eleven thousand people most of whom are protestants and the catholic population numbers to around 120 people only.
Please remember Fr. John in your prayers.
Fromn the General House.