Celebrating the Centenary of the Diocese of Willochra 1915 – 2015

The celebration of a Centenary is an opportunity to

  • Celebrate what God has been doing among us in the last 100 years and today and even those years before the Diocese began
  • Grow our sense of belonging to the Body of Christ in this part of the world
  • Stimulate our faith in Jesus Christ and give us courage to reach out to our communities with his good news
  • Get involved in mission and to seek to transform those things which are unjust
  • Recognise the wonders created by God and to seek to be better stewards of the environment entrusted to us
  • Invite others in the wider community to join with us in these things

A Prayer for the Diocese of Willochra
God of hope and love,
you have called us to be the body of Christ;
Inspire us in the Diocese of Willochra
to worship with joy and energy
serve with compassion
and be welcoming of others
in our communities,
so that all will know
the good news of Jesus
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be honour and glory forever.
Amen.

THE WILLOCHRA BURSARY
A fund has been established so that everyone in the diocese can contribute to “closing the gap” for indigenous students in this region.

The Willochra Bursary Donation Form 2016

The Willochra Bursary donation form 2015

THE PILGRIMAGE OF THE FIRST BISHOP’S STAFF
Beginning at the Cathedral Launch service it will then go to Peterborough (where the first bishop first lived) and on to Cummins for the western Launch Service.. It will be on pilgrimage in the Archdeaconry of Eyre until July 26 when it will be at the Cathedral for the celebratory Eucharist. After that it will be on pilgrimage in the Archdeaconry of Flinders until it arrives at Bishop’s House at the final garden party on 21 November 2015.
There will be an opportunity for every church in the Diocese to receive the staff as it “beats the bounds” of the Diocese.

IN A DRY AND THIRSTY  LAND
Edited by Mary Woollacott and Dorothy Thorpe
This book will document the history of the Diocese, and include memoirs and photographs of the mission and people of the church over the generations.
Available now.
Cost $25.00 +P&H

SIMULTANEOUS DINNER AND MOTHERING SUNDAY
14-15 MARCH, 2015
Everyone in the diocese is encouraged to be involved in their own community in this diocesan event. It’s up to you locally but at the same time you know that on this weekend all the Anglicans of Willochra can be doing something together.
The speaker will be Bishop John Stead giving a short encouraging address by DVD.

LENTEN STUDY
The notes have been prepared with individuals and small groups in mind. The series is titled Thirsty?  as we join with all those who have ‘thirsted after righteousness’ in the past and those who long to become closer to God now.  Prepared by the Rev’d Ruth Buxton.
Download your copy here

MID-NORTH HISTORICAL BUS TOUR
Saturday 16 May 2015  
This guided bus tour of the mid-north region that was in the Diocese of Adelaide until 1967 will begin in Adelaide and visit churches and sites of interest in the mid-north. It will include historic churches and graves, organs, memorials and places of interest in Riverton, Saddleworth, Burra, Bungaree, Clare and Penwortham.  Lunch and morning tea will be included.  
Download the registration form here

THE CENTENARY EUCHARIST
26 July 2015 at the Cathedral Church of Saints Peter and Paul
This weekend is the anniversary of the installation of Bishop Gilbert White as the first bishop of Willochra.  This is the biggest and most formal event of the year.
Reserve your ticket now.

IN THE STEPS OF PAUL CRUISE, ROME AND THE HOLY LAND TOURS.
The Bishop will lead the cruise  which will take place from 21 Sept. – 6 Oct. 2015. Details are now available for the cruise plus add-on pre-tour to Rome (17 September-23 September) and post-tour (6 October – 16 October) to the Holy Land. Contact Church Office for a brochure.

GARDEN PARTY
Saturday 21 November, 2015 at Bishop’s House
A concluding event for the year’s celebrations.
The First Bishop’s Pastoral Staff will conclude its pilgrimage. There will be a display of “Treasures of the Diocese”, music, short speeches and a time to catch up with friends.

Invitation to Garden Party
Flyer for Garden Party 21st November

Dates to Remember
22 February, Launch of the Centenary, Sts Peter and Paul’s Cathedral, Port Pirie    
28 February, Eyre Peninsula Centenary Launch, Cummins    
13 – 15 March, Simultaneous Centenary Dinner and Mothering Sunday
16 May, Mid-North Historical Tour
26 July, Centenary Eucharist and lunch, Sts Peter and Paul’s Cathedral, Port Pirie
9 August, “In a Dry and Thirsty Land” Concert    
17 Sep – 17 Oct, Steps of St Paul Tour
21 November, Centenary Garden Party, Bishop’s House