Armidale Diocese has celebrated the 150th anniversary of Bishop Timothy O’Mahony being installed as the first bishop of the regional New South Wales diocese.
A Mass was celebrated in Sts Mary and Joseph Cathedral on Friday, the Feast of the Annunciation, and the anniversary date of Bishop Mahony’s installation in 1871.
Armidale Bishop Michael Kennedy, the 10th Bishop of Armidale, was the principal celebrant, with Wagga Wagga Bishop Emeritus Gerard Hanna and Armidale diocesan priests concelebrating. A memorial stone to Bishop O’Mahony was blessed during the Mass which will be affixed to the Cathedral in coming weeks.
An evening of sacred music, scripture, prayer and an oration was held at the cathedral on March 9 as part of the celebrations. The oration was delivered by Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP. The anniversary was also celebrated with the publication of a commemorative booklet giving a history of Bishop O’Mahony and the production of a special sesquicentenary medallion.
Bishop Kennedy said he was delighted that the diocese had come together to celebrate the important anniversary in the life of the diocese.
“I hope,” he said, “that Bishop Timothy O’Mahony inspire us and the Blessed Virgin Mary pray for us.”
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