Pastoral Visit to Tristan
After a very smooth sailing, on the S.A Agulhas, from Capetown, it was with joy and no small measure of excitement that I saw
I was met by Mrs Anne Green, the Chief Islander and Mr Dereck Rogers- both of whom are members of the Church Leadership Team on the
On Sunday,18th September 2005 the
In fact, attending parties for all sorts of occasion,(Wedding, Christening, Birthday and all) was the hallmark of my short three week stay. Another highlight was the guided tour that Mr James Glass, The former Chief Islander, and his wife Felicity gave me of the whole Settlement area, We travelled in his land rover to the 'patches (allotments) at the Western most point. There I saw both
Finally the church celebrated 'Graveyard Sunday' on the 2nd October 2005. After Mass of healing (during which an anointing of the sick took place) The entire congregation processed in silence to the three grave yards, We prayed over those who were laid to rest there and each grave was blessed starting from first to be buried on Tristan ( Corporal William Glass) to the latest. It was a very morning occasion indeed.
I look forward, very much, to my next visit to Tristan which, with the help of God, will again be this
time next year.
(Mgr) Michael. B. McPartland