The Most Reverend George Hamilton Pearce, born January 9, 1921 and died August 30, 2015) he was the first Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Apia, Samoa, and is Archbishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Suva, Fiji.
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 (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.
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 lives in Providence, Rhode Island where he leads a Marian prayer group at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.
Pearce has visited Fatima, Lourdes, and Medjugorje.
Pearce died on August 30, 2015 at the age of 94.