George Hamilton Pearce

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George Hamilton Pearce
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Religious style Archbishop
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The Most Reverend George Hamilton Pearce, SM, DD (January 9, 1921 – August 30, 2015) was the first Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Apia, Samoa, and the first Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Suva, Fiji.[1]

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, his education included Saint Columbkille's Elementary School in Brighton, Massachusetts, Maryvale Preparatory Seminary in Bedford, Massachusetts, and at Marist College and Seminary in Framingham, Massachusetts. He was ordained to the presbyterate on February 3, 1947 by Archbishop (and future Cardinal) Richard Cushing and was appointed Vicar Apostolic of the Navigators' Archipelago and Titular Bishop of Attalea in Pamphylia on February 29, 1956. He was consecrated to the episcopate on June 29, 1956 in Boston by Cushing.[1]

On June 21, 1966 the Holy See elevated the vicariate apostolic to the dignity of a diocese and Pearce became the first Bishop of Apia. He was appointed as the first Archbishop of Suva, Fiji on June 22, 1967. He retired on April 10, 1976 and lived in Providence, Rhode Island where he led a Marian prayer group at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. Pearce visited Fatima, Lourdes, and Medjugorje.[citation needed] Pearce died on August 30, 2015 at the age of 94.[2]


  1. ^ a b Profile,; accessed August 30, 2015.
  2. ^ Rest In Peace Archbishop George H. Pearce,; accessed August 30, 2015.


  • Biography of Msgr. George Hamilton Pearce profile,; accessed August 30, 2015.
  • Galuega O Le Sinoti (Acts of the Snyod of the Archdiocese of Samoa-Apia), December 7–14, 1990, promulgated, May 1, 1991, Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker (Apia, Samoa).
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Victor Frederick Foley (as bishop)
Archbishop of Suva
June 22, 1967 – April 10, 1976
Succeeded by
Petero Mataca