A LARGE congregation is expected in St Saviour's Anglican cathedral on Wednesday night for the installation of the Reverend Phillip Saunders as Dean of Goulburn.
The Rev Saunders, who is already settled in Goulburn, was formerly the Rector of Belmont Parish in the Diocese of Newcastle. A large contingent of his former parishioners are expected to be in the cathedral for the Eucharist service, along with clergy from his former diocese.
In addition to civic and political dignitaries, deans from neighbouring dioceses are expected to attend the choral Eucharist service times to begin at 7pm.
The Rev Saunders will be installed by the Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn the Rt Rev George Browing. His two assistant bishops, will also be present.
The Rev Saunders' first appointment as rector was in the Parish of Southlakes, in 1989.
"He moved to Belmont in 1997.
"He served as Area Dean of Lake Macquarie from 1993 to 1999 and at various times has been Diocesan Youth Chaplain and Director of the Post Ordination Training Programme for the Newcastle Diocese," he said.
The Rev Saunders has two sons and a daughter.
Bishop Browning said the cathedral was seen as a resource of spirituality and a place of gathering for the whole of the Diocese, a centre of Christian witness in the City of Goulburn.
"The Dean is thus not only Dean of the cathedral and the priest of the cathedral parish, but also a senior figure in the diocese and the National church, and in the City of Goulburn.
"The Dean's job is an onerous one and I am sure Phillip will bring much energy to it," said Bishop Browning.
The Rev Saunders replaces the Very Reverend Kenyon McKie who left in December to take up an appointment at Brighton within the Diocese of Melbourne.