Fr appointed as bishop


FATHER Paul Sundu was appointed as bishop of the Kundiawa diocese in Chimbu last week.
The Apostolic Nunciature (Embassy of the Holy See) in Papua New Guinea, in a statement, made the announcement that his holiness, Pope Francis, had appointed Bishop Sundu on April 3.
Bishop Sundu was born on July 27, 1973, in Womatne, Chimbu.
After his primary and secondary education, he began his formation for Catholic priesthood at St Fidelis College from 1980 to 1985.
He continued to minor seminary in Madang from 1994 to 1995, then to Good Shepherd Seminary in Fatima from 1997 to 1999 and he did his pastoral and spiritual years from 2000 to 2001 where he carried out pastoral work in Wangoi parish as a seminarian in Chimbu and then he went to the Catholic Theological Institute in Port Moresby from 2002 to 2004 and later studied theology (licenciate in dogmatic theology) at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas in Rome.
On his return to PNG, Sundu served various communities in Chimbu, including the diocese of Kundiawa; he did pastoral work and served as a deacon in Kundiawa parish (2005 to 2006), assistant parish priest at Mingende parish (2006 to 2007), assistant parish priest and vocation director for Kundiawa parish (2007 to 2008), vocation director and parish priest in Kundiawa parish (2008 to 2009), vice-rector of Good Shepherd Minor Seminary in 2010, acting-rector the following year and rector from 2015 to 2018. In 2019, he was served as a parish priest at St Michael’s in Koge in Kundiawa diocese before his elevation to bishop.