Chuuk bishop to celebrate silver jubilee



Bishop Amando Samo is carried by parishioners during the 1987 celebration of his ordination as bishop in Chuuk. Photo courtesy of Marilyn Manibusan

By Marilyn Manibusan
For the U Matuna Si Yu’os

Twenty-five years ago, on August 15, 1987, Bishop Amando Samo, D.D. was ordained Titular Bishop of Libertina at the age of 39.  Bishop Samo later became Coadjutor Bishop with the Right of Succession, and on March 25, 1995, was installed as Ordinary Bishop of the Diocese of Caroline Islands, succeeding the late Bishop Martin Neylon, S.J., who officiated the ordination.

The 1987 celebration was held at the Chuuk Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the village of Tunnuk, Weno. The celebration included a display of local delicacies, traditional singing and dancing, and performances by school children.

Today, Bishop Samo said he is excited about his upcoming silver jubilee and prays that God will give him strength to celebrate it. “Never should we be discouraged or afraid at the times in which we live, with all its challenges and dark clouds and difficulties. God is with us, with his bishops, with his priests and with his people,” he said. 

Members of the jubilee planning committee said that the upcoming celebration on August 15 will be festive since it will also be the culmination of the centennial celebration of Catholicism in Chuuk, one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia. In 1911, Jesuit missionaries established a mission at the Mortlocks, an island atoll in Micronesia. Today, 51 percent of Chuuk’s population is Catholic, and the island has 11 parishes.

“The celebration will begin with testimonial remarks at 2 p.m. at the Vicariate Saramen Chuuk Development Center,” said Chief Justice Camillo Noket. “The dinner reception for all invited guests, including clergy, deacons, other religious community members will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Kurassa Meeting Hall.”

The Jubilee Mass for Bishop Amando Samo will be held on August 15, 2012, 10 a.m., at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Tunnuk, Weno. Luncheon will follow at the Parish Hall.   

The celebration will continue the next day, August 16, at the Vicariate Saramen Chuuk Development Center, with cultural dances, singing and more remarks starting at 9:30 a.m. and lunch served at noon. The celebration will end at 3:00 p.m. to allow for transportation time for guests visiting from the outer islands in the Chuuk Lagoon.

To send congratulatory messages or to donate towards the jubilee celebration, contact Marilyn Manibusan at 483-3044.