A Bishop with dreadlocks
At 14, scorched by the flame of faith
later, a school leaver already at work
among the city’s destitute.
With wife and children
making a home in Cuba Street
among those society calls "down and out"
fostering troubled teenage girls
four at a time
forty in all.
Seeing himself not as rescuer
but rather as a man privileged
to have shared their journeys.
He walked, often barefoot,
where we don’t dare, and found
resurrection manifest in lives made new.
Looking for change and rejuvenation -
for a man of the times - the miracle is
that those who decide, saw him,
this man with smiling eyes,
not as Christ, but as his disciple
"the one that Jesus loved."
© Robin Fry
Robin is a Parishioner at St Augustine’s, Petone
Diocesan prayer for the Bishop-elect
Good and gracious God,
Light of the faithful and shepherd of souls:
We give you thanks that you have called Justin Duckworth
To be the Bishop of our Diocese,
To feed your sheep with your word
And to guide them by his example;
Give us grace to pray for Justin, Jenny and their family,
Support, guide and strengthen them with your Holy Spirit,
And bring us all to walk in the steps of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ