Lismore Diocese welcomes Bishop Jarrett
Last night a Solemn Mass and Liturgical Reception was celebrated in St Carthage's Cathedral in the NSW rural diocese of Lismore to mark the beginning of the ministry of Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett as the diocese's fifth Bishop.
Present in the Cathedral were visiting Bishops from NSW led by Sydney's Archbishop George Pell, as well as clergy, religious and faithful from around the Diocese. Bishop Huggins, the Anglican Bishop of Grafton, and clergy from other Christian communities were also be in attendance to welcome Bishop Jarrett.
Bishop Jarrett, a priest of the Archdiocese of Hobart, was appointed by Pope John Paul II as Coadjutor (assistant) Bishop of Lismore on 9th December 2000. He was subsequently ordained as a Bishop by Cardinal Clancy on 22nd February.
With the retirement of Bishop Satterthwaite on 1st December, Bishop Jarrett assumed the office of Bishop of Lismore. The ceremony in the Cathedral provided an opportunity for Bishop Satterthwaite to lay aside his responsibilities and for Bishop Jarrett to assume them.
During the ceremony, Bishop Jarrett was formally led to the bishop's cathedra or chair, by Archbishop Pell and Bishop Satterthwaite. This chair is a sign of the Bishop's teaching office and pastoral authority in the Diocese.
At the invitation of Bishop Satterthwaite, representatives of parishes, various ministries and clergy welcomed the Bishop to his ministry in the Diocese.