New bishop of Kimbe appointed

Pope Francis has appointed Reverend Father John Bosco Auram as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Kimbe.

The announcement was made by the Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican Embassy) in Port Moresby on Friday, 18th October, at 8pm. 

Reverend Father John Bosco Auram replaces His Lordship Most Reverend William Fey, OFM Cap, Bishop of Kimbe, who has reached the age limit.

Father Auram was born on 19th October, 1972, at Sara, West New Britain. He was ordained on 17th January, 2004.

He completed his Religious Studies in 1998 at Sacred Heart Seminary Rapolo, ENBP, and in 2002 his Bachelor in Sacred Theology at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary Rapolo. He then did a Licentiate and Master of Art in Sacred Theology, UST, in Manila, the Philippines, from 2016 to 2018.

His work experience includes:

2005-2006       Vice Rector Major Seminary St John Mary Vianney, Vanimo

2007-2008       Vice Rector Major Seminary, St Charles Borromeo, Vanimo

2009-2011       Formator Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Rapolo, ENBP

2011-2012       Parish Priest Silanga Parish, WNBP

2012                Care taker priest Turuk Parish, WNBP

2013-2014       Formator Holy Spirit Seminary, Bomana

2015                Care taker Sara Parish

2019                Acting Rector Sacred Heart Seminary, Rapolo, ENBP

The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Kurian Mathew Vayalunkal, expressed his sincere gratitude to Bishop Fey for the long years of zealous and faithful service which he has given to the Church in Papua New Guinea and wished him all the best for his well-earned retirement. 

He congratulated Bishop Auram on his appointment and his new mission in the Church.

“May the Lord bless and guide him as he prepares to take up the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Kimbe,” he stated.

Press release