05 Dec 2009
By Fr Robert Cross
His Grace, Archbishop Barry James Hickey, today, 5 December 2009, conducted the first of a number of ceremonies associated with the reopening and re-dedication of St Mary's Cathedral, Perth, Western Australia.
Left: Ossuaries and Coffins laid out in Crypt prior to interment Photo Fr R Cross
Left: Archbishop Hickey Sprinkles the ossuaries and coffins immediately before interment Photo by Fr R Cross
In a simple but dignified 45 minute ceremony, His Grace blessed the new liturgical vessels, vestments and the Crypt of the now completed St Mary's Cathedral.
Left: New principal Chalice and Pattern Photo by Fr R Cross
After the blessings, five former bishops and Archbishops of Perth were carried from the sanctuary of the Cathedral to be laid to rest in the new Cathedral Crypt.
Left: Fr Robert Cross (Priest and Archaeologist) and Mgr Brian O'Loughlin (Vicar General) lift the ossuary of Bishop Martin Griver to process to the new Crypt Photo by Odhran O'Brien
The Bishops and Archbishops interred were:
Left: Ossuary of Bishop Martin Griver y Cuni (2nd Bishop of Perth) Photo by Fr R Cross
Left: Ossuary of Bishop Matthew Gibney (3rd Bishop of Perth) Photo by Fr R Cross
Left: Ossuary of Archbishop Redmond Prendiville (2nd Archbishop of Perth)Photo by Fr R Cross
Left: Coffin of Archbishop Launcelot Goody (3rd Archbishop of Perth) Photo by Fr R Cross
Left: Coffin of Archbishop William Foley (4th Archbishop of Perth) Photo by Fr R Cross
A decision may be made in the future to exhume the 1st Bishop of Perth, Bishop John Brady, currently buried in France, and have him also interred in the Crypt.
Archbishop Clune, the 1st Archbishop of Perth, remains for the time being at Karrakatta Cemetery at the express wish of the local Redemptorist clergy of Perth. However, in time, it is hoped that the Redemptorist Community will give their assent for Archbishop Clune to be exhumed and buried with his predecessors and successors in the new Cathedral Crypt.