Farewell Mass for Adelaide Archbishop
Adelaide's retiring Archbishop Leonard Faulkner will be presented with gifts symbolising his life and leadership of Adelaide's Catholic community at his farewell Mass in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral tonight.
The gifts will include a small bag of wheat, reflecting his childhood growing up near Booleroo Centre in the state's north, and a book signed by Catholics from across the 77 parishes of the Adelaide archdiocese.
The Mass will be the last formal, public farewell for Archbishop Faulkner as he prepares for retirement after 34 years as a bishop - including 17 years as Adelaide's archbishop, pastoral and spiritual leader to the more than 250,000 Catholics in the archdiocese.
Meanwhile special banners welcoming his successor, Archbishop Philip Wilson, have been placed along Adelaide's King William Street. Archbishop Wilson will be installed on 3 December, which is also the official retirement date of Archbishp Faulkner.
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Catholic Communications (Adelaide)