NSW Anglicans and Catholics to sign historic covenant

Catholic and Anglican relations in NSW are warming up with the impending signing of a formal covenant in a step towards "healing" between the two denominations.

Christian Today reports Anglican Archbishop of Newcastle Dr Brian Farran (pictured) said the covenant was an indication of shared "common values".

This is only the second time a covenant has been agreed upon in Australia.

It will involve holding an annual ecumenical service of worship, an annual joint clergy day, annual exchange of pulpits and examining the possibilities of sharing church planning.

"There is much goodwill already between our denominations and we have been running successful combined clergy days for many years. I'm sure there will be a solid welcome by parishioners for the annual exchange of pulpits."

The covenant will be signed on April 2 in the Newcastle Anglican Cathedral.

Agreement will be signed by local Anglican and Roman Catholic heads (Christian Today 29/01/08)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle
Diocese of Maitland Newcastle
Ecumenical and Interfaith Council

30 Jan 2008