Blessing of Bishops' Memorial Wall
In August, caskets containing the mortal remains of five previous Bishops of Bathurst were moved from the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. John and interred at the Bathurst Cemetery.
These caskets had lain on shelves for 30 years in the Chapel adjoining the Narthex of the Cathedral, awaiting interment in a crypt to be built below the Cathedral. However, the main problem causing most of the current damage to the exterior and interior fabric of the Cathedral is water and dampness under the Cathedral and it is now obvious that it is highly unlikely it will ever be possible to build a crypt there. Consequently, it was decided to reinter the Bishops, near their fellow priests and many Religious Sisters and Brothers, beside the Mortuary Chapel in the Catholic portion of the old Cemetery.
On Monday 2nd November 2015, All Souls’ Day, Bishop McKenna concelebrated Mass with Fathers Paul Devitt, Joe Dooley and Tim Cahill in the Mortuary Chapel at the Cemetery. Bishop McKenna blessed the memorial wall which now marks the new resting place of these men who served our Diocese in days past. Approximately 45 people attended the Mass, which was the first time in 30 years Mass had been held in the Mortuary Chapel
After the blessing of the Memorial Wall, Bishop McKenna led those in attendance in prayer at the side of Bishop Patrick Dougherty's grave.