OCEANIA/MARSHALL ISLANDS - Resignation of the Apostolic Prefect of the Marshall Islands and appointment of successor

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – Today the Holy Father Francis accepted the resignation from the pastoral government of the Apostolic Prefecture of the Marshall Islands (Pacific Ocean), presented by Fr. Raymundo Sabio, M.S.C., and appointed Fr. Ariel Galido, M.S.C., missionary in the Marshall Islands as Apostolic Prefect of the same Apostolic Prefecture.
The new Apostolic Prefect was born on June 3, 1975 in Bacuag, Surigao del Norte, Philippines. He received his priestly ordination on June 9, 2004. The following year, in 2005, he was sent to the Marshall Islands, where he worked as a missionary in the parishes of different islands.
The Apostolic Prefecture of the Marshall Islands, in the Pacific Ocean, was created in 1993 and entrusted to the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC). It is made up of 5 islands and 29 atolls, has an area of 181.3 sq km and a population of 58.800 inhabitants, of whom 4.925 are Catholics. There are 6 priests (1 diocesan, 5 religious), 1 permanent deacon, 1 religious brother and 8 religious sisters. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 28/6/2017)