Collection MS 1401 - Catholic Bishops Conference Annual General Meetings, Minutes and Reports

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AU PMB MS 1401


Catholic Bishops Conference Annual General Meetings, Minutes and Reports


  • 1957 - 2014 (Creation)

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86 digital PDF copies of original documents

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In 1848 the Catholic Church was called the “Vicariate of Melanesia” which included all the islands of Melanesia and Micronesia. The Catholic Church grew rapidly in different parts of PNG. On 15 November 1966 the Hierarchy of Papua New Guinea was established with Archdiocese and Dioceses. The Catholic Bishops Conference has 19 Dioceses in Papua New Guinea and 3 Dioceses in Solomon Islands with a total of 23 Bishops.

PNG Dioceses: 1. Vanimo, 2.Aitape, 3. Wewak, 4. Madang, 5. Lae, 6. Wabag, 7. Kuniawa, 8. Mendi, 9. Goroka, 10. Mt. Hagen, 11. Kavieng, 12. Rabaul, 13. Kimbe, 14. Buka, 15. Alotau, 16. Port Moresby, 17. Berena, 18. Kerema, 19. Daru/Kiunga.
Solomon Islands Dioceses: 1. Auki, 2. Gizo, 3. Honiara

The Catholic Church is the largest Non-Government body to provide services – including education and health care – in Papua New Guinea.

The office of the first Catholic Bishops Conference in 1966 was at the residences of the Priests who were the General Secretaries. The First General Secretary with a structured office was Fr. Dennis Rochford, MSC in 1983. The first buildings housed CBC, Caritas offices and one residential building. Many Commissions of the CBC were operating from Port Moresby, Goroka, Rabaul or other cities as the need arose. As more offices were needed, additional buildings were added in 2000.

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This collection includes Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

It also includes reports, recommendations and statements are prepared by the various Committees. The names for these committees has changed over the years. In 2016 they are:

1) The Committee for Missions
2) The Committee for Christian Formation
3) The Committee for Integral Human Development

Additional papers include committee reports, resolutions, correspondence, press releases, statements, notes to Bishops, circulars, copies of speeches delivered as part of the AGM. Statements and pastoral letters. cover the following areas:

  • Media and social communications
  • Education
  • Family and marriage
  • Government and politics
  • Health
  • Justice, peace and development
  • Law and order
  • Liturgy Moral and pastoral issues
  • Theology

Sometimes the reports for a particular year are missing. In these cases, as many related papers as were available were copied. Summaries or highlights of the reports can be found in the Minutes.

The CBC AGM Conference, also known as the Plenary meeting generally includes:
General Business, Matters arising from the previous AGM minutes, Report of the Central Committee, a Message to His Holiness Pope, An Apostolic Nuncio

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Restricted Access. Access to this title will not be permitted unless prior written approval has been granted by the General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference, email:

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Archive of the Catholic Bishops Conference, Waigani, NCD, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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Uploaded on 21 November 2018

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