Installation of the Eighth Dean of Grafton
The installation of the Reverend Canon Dr Gregory C. Jenks as the Eighth Dean of Grafton and as Rector of the Anglican Parish of Grafton is now scheduled for 6.00pm on Friday, 2 February 2018 at Christ Church Cathedral.
Fr Greg commenced his ministry within the parish in late September, but his installation was delayed while he underwent surgery for cancer in October and further treatment in December.
On Sunday the 4th of June the Cathedral nominators announced that they had discerned the Reverend Canon Dr Gregory Jenks (pictured right) to be the 8th Dean of Grafton.
To read more from Fr Greg you can visit https://gregoryjenks.com
Following the announcement of his selection to serve as the new Dean, Canon Jenks wrote to the parish community;
Dear friends, I am glad to be able to introduce myself briefly on this day when the news of my appointment as Rector of the Parish of Grafton, and Dean of your beautiful Cathedral Church, is announced. My wife, Eve James, joins me in extending our greetings and our hopes for the years that we shall spend as part of your community on the Clarence.
Although I have recently returned after a period serving as Dean of St George’s College in Jerusalem, I am very much a local person having been born and raised in Lismore. While most of my adult life has been centred around Brisbane, family holidays have often been at one location or another on the Northern Rivers and I still have family here. It is good to be coming home.
For the past three months I have been serving as the locum priest at Byron Bay, and I am glad that Bishop Sarah has asked me to continue working with that faith community for another few months so that we can finish some important ministry planning work before I commence at the Cathedral.
Over the years, my ministry has alternated between parish work and teaching in theological colleges, and I am passionate about connecting religion scholarship with everyday life. The opportunity to work closely with you as we engage with our local community is something I value immensely.
May the Spirit of the risen Christ give us all abundant life, holy wisdom and deep joy.