Friday, 20 September 2013

John Coleridge Patteson

John Patteson (1827 - 1871) was an Anglican priest who created the Melanesian Mission, founding a college on Norfolk Island, before being made Bishop of Melanesia in 1861. His aim was to educate local children in western Christian culture at his college, before returning them to their own communities. He was murdered on the island of Nukapu in the Solomon Islands, where he had landed on his own, having been mistaken by the locals for one of the illegal labour recruiters who had abducted some natives a few months earlier.


God of all tribes and peoples and tongues,
who called your servant John Coleridge Patteson
to witness in life and death to the gospel of Christ
amongst the peoples of Melanesia:
grant us to hear your call to service
and to respond trustfully and joyfully
to Jesus Christ our redeemer,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


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