Sisters Hail New Province in Solomons

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It was just after evensong, as formal goodbyes were being offered to visitors, that Sister Michael heard the squealing of a pig and learned that the animal was being slaughtered just off to the side of the worshippers for the pig roast that would follow. Such are feasts in the Solomon Islands.

This particular pig roast was the last of many celebrations marking the inauguration of the new province of the Solomon Islands in the Community of the Sisters of the Church, one of 11 Anglican religious orders in Canada.

Before September, the Solomons were part of the Australia/Pacific province but the province was divided in two -- Australia and the Solomon Islands -- to accommodate growth.

Three members of the Canadian province, sisters Margaret, Heather and Michael, the Canadian provincial (head sister), travelled to the Solomons to help celebrate the new province.

Friends and relatives from Guadalcanal (the island on which Honiara is located) and the surrounding islands also came, swelling the sisters' gathering to more than 1,000.

The opening celebration began on Friday, Sept. 28, the Feast of St. Michael, the patron saint of the order. The Melanesian Brothers, in their native dress, piped Sir Ellison Pogo, Archbishop of the Church of Melanesia, up a hill with their pan pipes to the outdoor celebration. …