Bishop Epalle was appointed Vicar Apostolic and Bishop for Melanesia in 1844. He arrived with a small band of missionaries at San Cristobal on December 2, 1845.
When he attempted to land at Ysabel two weeks later, he was immediately struck down by the local people. He died three days later.
The rest of his band then returned to San Cristobal. Later Father Montrousier was speared in the back, but he survived. Shortly after the Marists withdrew to New Caledonia.
In 1847 the Marists tried again. Two died of malaria, three were killed by the people. while Father Collomb was away in New Zealand being ordained a bishop.
The Marists withdrew shortly afterwards from what is now the Solomon Islands.
The Marists returned to the Solomon Islands in 1898, this time to stay. This new attempt was gunder the direction of Bishop Vidal in Fiji. Father Jean Bertreux from Fiji was made superior of the mission, and he became Vicar Apostolic of the Solomon Islands in 1912.
There are presently three dioceses in the Solomon Islands, in two of which there are Marists. In Auki Diocese on the island of Malaita the bishop is the last remaining Marist, and all his priests are indigenous diocesan priests.
The main Marist presence is in the Archdiocese of Honiara, where all the other Marists who work in the Solomons are to be found.
There are presently twenty Marists working in the Solomon Islands: an archbishop,
fifteen priests and four brothers.
Where we work
Rural training centres:
Stuyvenberg Rural Training Centre, Kirakila, Makira
Aruligo Care Centre