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Inauguration of Archbishop of Sydney

Posted on: July 2, 2001 2:05 PM
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Canon Dr Peter Jensen to be inaugurated as Archbishop of Sydney and Metropolitan of NSW tonight

29 June 2001

Sydney's Anglican Archbishop-elect, Canon Peter Jensen, will be consecrated bishop and inaugurated as the eleventh Archbishop of Sydney, and the Metropolitan of NSW, tonight, Friday 29 June, at 7.00pm in St Andrew's Cathedral.

The Dean of Sydney, the Very Rev Boak Jobbins, said that the service would be in two parts. "First, Dr Jensen will be consecrated a bishop. Secondly, he will take his seat in the Cathedral and thus become archbishop of the diocese. In the act of taking his seat, or 'cathedra', he gives expression to his role as a leader and teacher in the church," said Dean Jobbins.

"We expect several hundred people in the Cathedral for the service. They will include representatives of government and the community, of other churches and of the Anglican Church overseas, around Australia and in Sydney.

"Entry to the Cathedral is by ticket. However, there is ample unallocated seating next door in the Chapter House, where the service will be televised," he said.

A packed Cathedral of more than 800 people, including a host of dignitaries from across Sydney and Australia, will be present for Canon Jensen's inauguration. The Hon John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia, and the Hon Kim Beazley, Leader of the Opposition, will both be present at the service. Also in attendance will be the Hon Dr Marie Bashir AO, Governor of NSW, the Hon John Murray, speaker of the NSW Parliament, and the Hon Kerry Chikarovski, leader of the NSW Opposition.

Some 35 Bishops and Archbishops from Australia and overseas are expected to be present at the service. The Presenting Bishops will be two former Archbishops of Sydney, the Rt Rev Donald Robinson and the Most Rev Sir Marcus Loane. Archbishop Harry Goodhew will also be present, meaning that Archbishop-elect Jensen's three predecessors as Archbishop of Sydney will all be present.

The chief consecrating Bishop will be the Rt Rev Roger Herft, Bishop of Newcastle and acting Metropolitan of NSW, while the service will also mark the final occasion as Administrator of Sydney Diocese for Bishop Paul Barnett.

Appropriately, Canon Jensen's inauguration will take place on June 29 - St Peter's Day. Peter Hollingworth, Archbishop of Brisbane, is due to be inducted as Governor-General of Australia earlier in the day.

The three remaining Archbishops and Metropolitans from around Australia will be present. Archbishop Peter Carnley, Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia and Archbishop of Perth, Archbishop Peter Watson of Melbourne and Archbishop Ian George of Adelaide are all expected be in attendance. They will be joined by the four remaining assistant bishops from Sydney Diocese, along with several bishops from throughout NSW and Australia, and a number of retired bishops.

International guests at the service will include Archbishop Datuk Yong Ping Chung, Archbishop of Sabah and Primate of South East Asia, Bishop Tito Zavala of Chile and Bishop John Chew of Singapore.

Bishop Peter Ingham, Roman-Catholic Bishop-elect of Wollongong, will represent Sydney's Roman-Catholic Archbishop George Pell, who is in Rome to receive the pallium from Pope John Paul II. A total of eleven other churches and denominations from around Australia will be represented at the service. The Bible readings will be conducted by the Rt Rev Bruce Clarke, Bishop of Riverina, and the Rt Rev Robert Forsyth, Bishop of South Sydney.

Representatives of Sydney's Anglican clergy, laity and youth will welcome Canon Jensen into the role of Archbishop, as will representatives of other churches. Marie Bashir, Governor of NSW, will welcome Archbishop Jensen on behalf of the citizens of the state.

Following his consecration and inauguration, Archbishop Peter Jensen will then enter the Cathedral pulpit to preach his first Sermon as Archbishop of Sydney.