Falklands News

In the week prior to Easter, the Rector Nicholas Mercer took part in a service of Holy Communion with the Bishop of Buenos Aires, the Right Reverend Hugh Allen (Apostolic Administrator of the Falkland Islands) and Father John Wisdom at the Argentine cemetery in Darwin. The service was held following the identification of 90 Argentine combatants who had been killed in the Falklands Conflict in 1982 and whose bodies had since been identified through DNA testing. The identification of the bodies was primarily the initiative and work of Colonel Geoffrey Cardoso who had been the G1/G4 officer for the British Army in 1982. All those identified now have their own grave in the cemetery and their relatives were flown to the Falkland Islands to enable them to visit the graves and attend the service.

The parish celebrated Holy Week and then received a visit from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Episcopal Commissary to the Falkland Islands, Bishop Tim Thornton who is also Bishop of Lambeth and Bishop to the Armed Forces. He was accompanied by his chaplain, The Venerable Ian Wheately who is also the Chaplain to the Fleet.

Along with Nicholas Mercer, they travelled to West Falkland and visited Fox Bay and Port Howard where they spent time at the primary schools and meeting members of the community. Bishop Tim also took part in a service of Remembrance at Fitzroy for members of the Welsh Guards.

On the Sunday, Bishop Tim presided at a service of Installation and Confirmation at Christ Church Cathedral and then joined the parish at a bring and share lunch at the parish hall. On the final day, the Bishop visited the Falkland Island Community School and was interviewed by the Falkland Island Radio. Before returning to the UK he spent four days with the Armed Forces at Mount Pleasant.

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