Bishop Kate Prowd visits Gisborne Parish for first confirmations
November 19 2018
Parishioner Hugh Millar, the first person to be confirmed by new bishop Kate Prowd.
On Sunday 4 November, the Feast of All Saints and All Souls, the Parish of Gisborne welcomed Bishop Kate Prowd, the new bishop of the Oodthenong Episcopate, to the Church of the Resurrection, Macedon Ranges. Bishop Kate conducted her first confirmations as bishop, and blessed the first part of the church’s spiritual walk (labyrinth), which work has recently commenced on.
Bishop Kate was welcomed to the parish by the wardens and then presided over a service that was marked with joyful singing, led by the parish choir and the Young Voices of Macedon, a children's choir based in the Macedon Ranges.
Accompanied by the five confirmees, Bishop Kate blessed and walked the labyrinth during the singing of the Taizé chant “Laudate Dominum” (“Praise the Lord”).
After the hallowing (an old word which means “blessing”, from which we get the word “Hallowe’en) of the labyrinth precinct of the spiritual walk, Bishop Kate was joined by parishioners Athol Guy and Rosemary and Peter Davies, who were instrumental in bringing the concept of the spiritual walk into existence.
Fr Dennis Webster, vicar of the Gisborne Parish, said that the new spiritual walk was not just something for the parish, but “a resource and gift for the Diocese of Melbourne as well as the shire”.