Bishop's consecration a first for city

All Saints’ Cathedral will be filled to capacity on Saturday for the consecration and installation of Ian Stanley Palmer as the 10th Bishop of Bathurst. 

It is the first time an Anglican bishop has been consecrated in Bathurst. 

The ceremony will begin just before 11am as clergy form a procession into the cathedral.

For the next two-and-a-half hours the congregation will witness all the pomp and ceremony that comes with such an historic event. 

Archdeacon Palmer was elected to become bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Bathurst last year following the retirement of Richard Hurford.

At the time he was rector of the parish of Queanbeyan. He was also Archdeacon for chaplaincy ministries in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn. 

He gained his theology degree at Kings College, London, in 1971 and his post-graduate diploma four years later at Durham University. 

Bishop-elect Palmer is married to Elizabeth and has two adult daughters. 

The consecration will be performed by Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen. 

Other dignitaries include Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane Phillip Aspinall, representatives of other dioceses, including Canberra/Goulburn, Queanbeyan and Muswellbrook, and parliamentary representatives.

Catholic Bishop of Bathurst Michael McKenna will also be present for Bishop-elect Palmer’s consecration.

Eighty members of the clergy will be attending. They will gather in Church Street, forming a procession into the cathedral.

Dr Peter Miller, Head of School at All Saints’ College, will give reading and the sermon will be delivered by The Right Reverend Graeme Rutherford.

The presentation of the cope and mitre will be made by Sir Robert Woods and Mrs Leigh Edwards. 

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