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ARCHBISHOP’S EASTER MESSAGE

EASTER

Holy Week is upon us. We are preparing for the most sacred festival in the Church Calendar.  The forty days of Lent are nearly at an end and palms have been distributed to commemorate Our Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, mounted on a donkey, as was Mary thirty three years before.
Before the week was out the same people who cried, “Hosanna to the Son of David” were shouting “Crucify him!”  Crucifixion was more than an execution, it was a torture leading to death on the cross, but that was not the end. On the third day, according to the scriptures Jesus the Christ rose again and continued to teach his followers until his ascension. 
The disciples were not left comfortless.  The Holy Ghost, the Comforter, remained to teach them.  Our Lord’s parting words were, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

VALE BISHOP IAN

As reported in the Easter issue of Communion, our Regionary Bishop Emeritus and Presiding Bishop Emeritus, the Right Reverend Ian Hooker, was called to Higher Service on Australia Day, 26th January, after a serious stroke.  I shall always remember Bishop Ian as a kindly gentle man who encouraged me in my early days as an Auxiliary Bishop.  Bishop Ian’s funeral was conducted by Bishop James White, the Diocesan Bishop for Western Australia, assisted by Fr Paul Stephan, Deacons George Wester and David Reid, Deaconess Renee Jonas and server Gailene Wester, with Fr Adrian de Graaf as organist.

APPOINTMENTS AND ORDINATION

Bishop James, the Diocesan Bishop, has appointed The Reverend Adrian de Graaf as Vicar of the Church of St John the Divine, Perth and has announced the ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon David Reid.  I shall ordain the Reverend David on Sunday 30th July in Perth.
I have appointed Fr David Jones as Vicar of the Church of St Alban in Brisbane.  Fr Geoff Dargie and Fr Michael Preston fulfilled this role jointly for many years and now deserve a rest from this responsibility.  Well done, Frs Michael and Geoff!
Love and blessings


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Bishop WedgwoodIts outlook is liberal in that acceptance of its teaching and doctrine is not obligatory. It leaves to its members freedom in the interpretation of creeds, scriptures and traditions, and of its liturgy and doctrine.

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