Dear Members of the Diocesan Family

The Right Reverend Saibo Mabo:
It is with much sadness, but in the knowledge of the resurrection to eternal life, that I inform the Diocesan Family of the death of Bishop Saibo Mabo early this morning.  Bishop and I enjoyed many conversations over the past decade. This I do know, Bishop Mabo knew that because Jesus lives, we as Christians live and that we have life in abundance.  (John 10:10)

We assure Mrs Sania Mabo and all the family, along with the people of the Thursday and Murray Islands as well as of the Torres Straits of our love and prayers at this time.

I ask each Parrish in the intercessions this weekend to give thanks to God for Bishop Mabo and pray for his family and loved ones as well as people of the Torres Straits.

 It is early days, but the Diocesan Family will be informed of the date and time when we will celebrate and give thanks to God for Bishop Saibo's earthly life and his ministry.  

Bishop Saibo was made a deacon in 1987 and priested in 1989 in the Diocese of Carpentaria.  He was consecrated Bishop in the Church of God in 2002.  From 2002 to 2015 Bishop Mabo was an Assistant Bishop of the Diocese with Special Responsibility for the Torres Strait Region.

Bishop Saibo was a member of General Synod, NATISAC and as was Chair of the NATISEC Committee for indigenous ministry. 

Since retiring as the Assistant Bishop, Bishop Mabo has been responsible for ministry on Thursday Island. 

Messy Church Information and Training Days:
I am delighted that Glen and Sue Taylor are able to lead the following sessions. 

 Townsville                   29th July

Mackay                       12th August

Cairns                          9th September

Please note the dates.  Information about the days and the venues will be forwarded on the 7th June. I thank Kidzlink for sponsoring these three events.  It is a very generous offer.

Next Bulletin:
The next Bulletin will be next Tuesday and will provide updates for the Diocesan Council meeting last weekend. 

Please be assured of my prayers as continue to journey through the season of Easter.

St Helen’s Home Hill – Chamber Philharmonia Cologne
On Saturday 1st July 2017 at 7pm in St. Helen's Anglican Church Home Hill, the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne Orchestra will be performing as part of their Concert tour of Australia.  Please see the flyer attached.

Walk of Witness – May 28th, Townsville
The Walk of Witness in Townsville will be held on Sunday 28th May commencing at 3.30pm at St James Cathedral.  The attached flyer outlines the walk.  If you require further information, please contact my office.

Parish Consultations – 9am to 12noon:

            Southern Region         Saturday 27 May        St Charles West Mackay

            Central Region            Saturday 3 June         St Matthew’s Mundingburra

            Northern Region         Saturday 17 June       The Good Shepherd Edge Hill

Clergy Conference:  4 – 7 July                Synod:   7 – 9 July

Yours in Christ

The Right Reverend William (Bill) Ray

Bishop of North Queensland


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