OCEANIA/PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Resignation of the Bishop of Kimbe and appointment of his successor

Friday, 18 October 2019

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, presented by His Exc. Mgr. William Regis Fey, O.F.M. Cap.
The Pope has appointed the Reverend John Bosco Auram, of the clergy of Kimbe, currently acting Rector of the Sacred Heart preparatory seminary in Rapolo, as Bishop of the same diocese.
The Reverend John Bosco Auram was born on 19 October 1972 in the village of Kandoka, Province of West New Britain (which formed pat of the archdiocese of Rabaul and now belongs to Kimbe). He began his formation at the Saint Peter Chanel minor seminary in Ulapia, and then completed his philosophical and theological studies at the Sacred Heart major seminary in Rapolo. He was ordained a priest on 17 January 2004, for the clergy of the diocese of Kimbe, the second ordained priest after the creation of the see.
Since his ordination to the priesthood he has held the following positions: parish vicar of Kimbe Cathedral (2004-2005); vice-rector of the minor seminary of Saint John Vianney of Vanimo (2005-2007); vice-rector of the major seminary of Saint Charles Borromeo of Vanimo (2007-2008); six months of pastoral work in the parish of Kaiai (2008-2009); formator and professor at the Saint Peter Chanel minor seminary in Ulapia and at the Sacred Heart major seminary in Rapolo (2009-2011); parish priest of Silanga, diocese of Kimbe (2011-2012); studies at the Institute of Priestly Formation in Omaha (U.S.A.) and at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome, and pastoral ministry in the parish of Turuk, Kimbe (2012-2013); formator at the Holy Spirit major seminary in Bomana (2013-2015); pastoral ministry in the parish of Sara, Kimbe (2015-2016); studies for the licentiate in pastoral theology at the University of Santo Tomas of Manila, serving as spiritual director in the seminary of Manila (2016-2019); and since 2019, acting rector of the Sacred Heart seminary (currently propaedeutic) of Rapolo, in the archdiocese of Rabaul. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 18/10/2019)