Ceremony heralds new rector
IN a colourful service of Holy Communion, more than 220 people gathered in the heat and humidity of St Andrew’s Anglican Church Lismore for the commissioning to ministry of the new Lismore parish rector, Rev Mark Harris.
The service was opened by Sudanese children with enthusiastic dancing and traditional singing to the infectious beat of African drumming.
This was followed by offerings from the renowned St Andrew’s Choir led by organist Warren Whitney, and the contemporary Joyful Noise Choir led by Cathy Ridd.
Officiating in the commissioning was Rt Rev Keith Slater, Bishop of Grafton, who also received local Lismore Councillor Ray Houston into membership of the Anglican Church of Australia.
Mark, Trisha and their four sons have relocated from the Parish of Guyra in the Diocese of Armidale. Mark has more than 16 years industry experience as an engineer with large firms including BHP and Incitec.
Mark was ordained as Deacon (Armidale) in 2002, then as Priest (Armidale)in 2003 and held that position till 2007 when he became the Vicar of Guyra.
Mark and Trisha have a special focus on ministry to youth and young families while embracing Anglican traditions.
Many dignitaries and special guests attended, including Rt Rev Dr Peter Brain, Bishop of Armidale, Very Rev Stephen Williams, Dean of St. Peter’s Cathedral Armidale, Rev Cliff Ainsworth, Assistant to Bishop. Peter and many visiting clergy from the Diocese.