Churches Together in Cornwall Gathering

St Austell - 16 November 2014CTC

The Right Reverend Mark O'Toole, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Plymouth was presented by Cornwall Churches Together Missioner, Lay Canon David H Smith (far right)  to the Right Reverend Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro, who admitted Bishop Mark as an Ecumenical Canon of the Cathedral Church of Truro. Ecumenical Canon Steven Wild, Chairman designate of the Methodist Conference is pictured on the left of Bishop Tim.

The new Roman Catholic Bishop of Plymouth the Rt. Rev. Mark O’Toole was presented to Bishop Tim by the Churches Together in Cornwall Missioner Canon David Smith, Bishop Mark was admitted as a sign of ‘our friendship in Christ’ as an Ecumenical Canon of the Cathedral, replacing
Bishop Christopher Budd who is now retired.

Bishop Tim also welcomed Sister Jacqueline and Frances and William Barnardo from the Chenin Neuf Community all now resident in Sclerder Abbey. In both cases the congregation responded enthusiastically to the Bishop Tim’s request for a round of applause.

In his homily Bishop Mark first thanked the people responsible for the honour and then spoke about ecumenisms both historically and currently reminding us that “What we share is greater than what divides us”.

We were reminded of the fact that Bishop Benson’s son became a Roman Catholic priest and later bequeathed a house as a centre for ecumenical relations where past difficulties were acknowledge but the presence of God recognised and becomes a reality as demonstrated by St. Paul in Eph.6.

We were told that the Pope continues daily to pray for unity. Bishop Mark also referred to the fact that both churches are united in Baptism and a belief in the Trinity. Both churches evangelise where personal conversations are more effective than ‘meetings.’ He concluded by asking us to persevere on the journey together.
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