Melanesian Brothers Arrive In The Diocese


Two members of the Melanesian Brotherhood are currently visiting the UK and will be spending time in the Diocese of Chester. Father Nelson Bako, who is now Head of the Brotherhood, spent three years in our diocese studying for a theology degree at the University of Chester. He is accompanied on this visit by Section Head Brother Michael. On the first day of their visit, they went to two of our church schools, St Bridget’s West Kirby, and Woodchurch High School, both of which have partnership links with St Nicholas School, Honiara. The pictures show Nelson and Michael visiting the school farm at Woodchurch, where they fed the resident alpacas.

Nelson and Michael will shortly be leaving for other parts of the UK, but they will be back in the diocese later on and will be present at our special celebration day on Saturday 16 June at Foxhill, to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the link between the Diocese of Chester and the Anglican Province of Melanesia. The day is open to everyone. People can come and go throughout the day, which runs from 10am until 3pm. There will be opportunities to discover more about the link, and how you could get involved in this rich and fruitful partnership with Christian sisters and brothers on the other side of the world. There will be children’s activities included. Lunch is provided: for catering purposes, please contact John Freeman ( to indicate whether you are planning to come.

The Melanesian Brotherhood is one of the four Anglican religious orders active in Melanesia, along with The Sisters of Melanesia, the Franciscans and the Sisters of the Church. They are particularly known for their missionary work in the community.

You can find more details about our link with Melanesia here:

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