Installation of the Dean Anne Mills
By Jessica Hughes
Last night, the 6th July, a congregation of people from across parish, community, geographical, Tikanga, spiritual and public service backgrounds came together for the installation of Dean Anne Mills at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell, Auckland. The service was one full of hope and vision; an allusion to a shift in focus and a new era. This year, as Holy Trinity Cathedral's Year of Consecration, is an important milestone in the history of the cathedral and the Diocese of Auckland. The installation of Dean Anne was a significant step for the cathedral post-Bishop-Selwyn's-Vision.
In attendance were Archbishop's Phillip Richardson and Winston Halapua with the General Synod Standing Committee, Auckland Bishops Ross Bay and Jim White and their Tikanga Māori counterpart Bishop Kito, deans from all corners of the country and across denominations and a multitude of other clergy. The service begun with a procession, led by Anne, husband Chris and daughters Emma and Kate, of parishioners from St. Marks, Remuera where she has come from. Bible readings were read by Anne's father, Bob Delbridge, and Emma, after which Bishop Ross delivered his sermon. Bishop Ross focused on the need for 'porch ministry' - referencing Oxford theologian, Christopher Lewis - the church porch being the space where one is neither inside nor outside the church. After decades of focusing on the completion of the church building, it's time to "shift our self-understanding from construction company to mission community", as Bishop Ross put it. After Anne's official installation as Dean, messages of welcome were shared by representatives from various backgrounds and walks of life: the Tikanga partner bishop, Bishop Kito Pikaahu, Pihopa o Te Tai Tokerau; for the Cathedral Deans, Dean Digby Wilkinson, St Paul’s Cathedral, Wellington; for the Diocese of Auckland, Archdeacon Sarah Moss; for the community, Desley Simpson, Auckland City Councillor representing Orakei Ward; for Ecumenical partners Dean Peter Tipene, the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph, Auckland; and the Cathedral representative, Jessica Hughes, all with unanimous enthusiasm and positivity towards the change that has been and is to come. The service concluded with prayers, read by Kate, and the final hymn, singing, "journey inward, journey outward".
The installation of Dean Anne Mills was all in all a joyous occasion and not just "another change in a multitude", but the start of a new era for Holy Trinity Cathedral in its year of Consecration.
The Holy Trinity Cathedral Consecration service is to be held on Saturday 28th October at 3.00pm.
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