HOLY Trinity Anglican Church in Orange welcomed a new parish priest at a special service on Tuesday night presided over by Bishop Ian Palmer of Bathurst.
The Reverend Malcolm Dunnett, his wife Rosie and family were greeted with warm applause following the service to commission Reverend Dunnett to his new ministry.
“It is good to see so many of you here to cheer him on,” Bishop Palmer said.
Holy Trinity parishioners were involved in the installation service as they brought forward items that will be part of the church rituals during Reverend Dunnett’s tenure of at Holy Trinity.
Reverend Dunnett comes from the parish of Kooringal near Wagga Wagga and replaces Archdeacon Frank Hetherington who retired several months ago.
The Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn Genieve Blackwell delivered the sermon, saying she felt privileged to be part of the service having known Reverend Dunnett for some time. She offered Reverend Dunnett encouraging words.
“Your particular gift is looking at the big picture and remember God will carry you,” she said.
Orange mayor John Davis welcomed Reverend Dunnett and his family on behalf of the city.
“It is important for us to have strong churches as they are an important part of the community and help us realise the importance of family,” Cr Davis said.
Bishop Palmer said Reverend Dunnett’s passion for missionary work in the Solomon Islands, his ability to look at the “big picture” in relation to current financial challenges facing the church and his enthusiasm should be warmly welcomed by parishioners.