May 25, 2015
Good news about the consecration of the new bishop for the diocese of Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea (written by Peter Milburn, PNG-Melanesia Group, Melbourne).
Many prominent people flocked yesterday to attend the consecration of Fr Denny Bray Guka as the new Bishop of Port Moresby Anglican diocese.
They included Bank of PNG Governor Loi Bakani, PNG Medical Board chairman Dr Osborne Liko, private lawyer Loani Henao, who is also chairman of PNG Bible Society, PNG Bible Translation Association representative Steven Thomas and various members of the PNG Council of Churches of which the new Bishop, Guka is the chairman.
The consecration took place at St Martin’s Church in East Boroko where Fr Guka had served for many years.
His last posting as a priest was a chaplain at the University of Papua New Guinea.
Archbishop of the Anglican Church in PNG Clyde Igara was the chief celebrant. Co-consecrators were eight bishops from PNG, Australia and New Zealand as well as Guka’s predecessor, Bishop Peter Ramsden, who travelled from England to hand over the pastoral staff to Guka.
The colourful ceremony begun with the procession into the church, led by traditional dancers from Northern Province.
There was a feast shared following the church service.
Archbishop Igara told the church that when he was declaring the new bishop that (Anglican was now a national church because there were no more bishops and priests from overseas.
Bishop Guka is originally from Ambasi parish in Northern Province and had served for 21 years before he was consecrated yesterday as a bishop. He is married with four children.
The Gukas long-time friends, Art Moore and Marcia Dean, travelled all the way from Canada to attend the event. They came to know Bishop Guka when he first came to work with the St Martin’s church in 1994 as a priest.
(Photo: Bishop Denny Guka, right, with the former Bishop of Port Moresby Peter Ramsden and his wife Sue Ramsden – © ABM/Meagan Schwarz 2014)