Who Is This Vernon Cornish?
‘Who is this Cornish?’ So exclaimed Derek Nimmo, the British actor famous for his television parodies of English clergy. In 1976, following a speech to the press club in Perth, Australia, Nimmo had received an impromptu and hilarious vote of thanks from Vernon Cornish, dean of the Anglican cathedral, astounding Nimmo.
Vernon Cornish often asked himself the same question. Was he an actor, a musician, a journalist, a speaker, a priest? In fact, he was all of these and he became a bishop. From the 1960s to the early 1980s his ordained ministry flamed brightly. It was cut short just before he was to be installed as the Bishop of Tasmania. He was a person of faith who spread joy, knew pain and lived honestly.
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Special events were held to celebrate the book in:
Canberra: Tuesday, 27 October 2020, at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
Toowoomba: Sunday, 21 March 2021, at St Luke’s Anglican Church
Melbourne: Wednesday, 5 May 2021, at St Mark’s Anglican Church, Fitzroy
Perth: Wednesday, 19 May 2021, at St George’s Cathedral
Brisbane: 25 September 2021, at the Anglican Diocese Synod
Another will take place in Hobart in 2022.
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The Dean’s Pen
‘Dear Cathedral Friends’ So began the letters that Vernon Cornish, Dean of St George’s Cathedral in Perth, wrote for his congregation each week. Vernon Cornish was a gifted writer, speaker and musician. His first love was the theatre, especially comedy, but this career path was thwarted. His calling to the priesthood, and later as a bishop, subsequently blossomed. His letters addressed current issues facing churches and society in the late 1970s. They capture the mood of the times and the wise and compassionate words of a fine pastor, leader and servant. Also included in this volume are the ‘Diary of a Churchman’ articles Vernon wrote for Church Scene, an Australian Anglican newspaper. Vernon died young in 1982 soon after being elected Bishop of Tasmania.
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