Pope Benedict XVI has announced that Father Doctor Peter Loy Chong a diocesan priest of the Archdiocese of Suva is the Archbishop-elect of Suva.
Father Chong will replace the present long serving Archbishop of Suva, Petero Mataca who has expressed his gratitude to all the people of Fiji, Rotuma, Rabi & Kioa for their prayers & support during his time of leadership.
Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Petero Mataca.
The 79-year-old prelate had tendered his resignation upon reaching the age of 75, in conformity with canon 401 of the Code of Canon Law.
The Holy Father has appointed in his stead Fr. Peter Loy Chong who hails from Suva and from the Archdiocese of Suva, is currently in the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Santa Clara University, California.
Fr. Chong was born in 1961 in Natovi and completed his priestly formation studies at Pacific Regional Seminary.
He was ordained in 1992 where he was incardinated into the Archdiocese of Suva.
The Archbishop-elect completed his studies at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University with a Doctorate in Theology.
Official announcement on the appointment of Fr Peter Chong as the new Archbishop of the Catholic Church of Fiji is expected to be made by Nicholas House soon.
Story by: William Waqavaktoga