Reports of meetings on Māori Church matters, 1872-1888
Selwyn and Patteson — Memorial Chapel
Selwyn and Patteson
At a meeting of the parishioners of St. Mary's, Auckland, held in the Cathedral Library, Bishopscourt, on September 20, 1886, the Bishop of Auckland in the chair, it was unanimously resolved that the Morning Chapel of the proposed new church be erected to the memory of Bishops Selwyn and Patteson; and a Committee, of which the Bishops is chairman, was appointed to carry out the resolution.
It has long been felt by many that the memory of men so distinguished throughout the English-speaking world, for the saintliness of their lives and their whole-hearted devotion to the work of our Lord, should be perpetuated by some "permanent and visible memorial; which will speak to us and our children of that plain living and high thinking which were so marked a characteristic of these men of God.
There is not, it appears, in the colony, any memorial of the kind intended. Your help and co-operation in this work are solicited It is hoped that if everyone to whom this appeal comes will send a shilling, a beginning may at once be made, whilst larger gifts from those who have the means, would bring the work to a speedy completion.page break
There is, it is thought, something specially suitable in the position which the Memorial Chapel will occupy, namely, in the parish in which both Bishops resided, and attached to the church which, during 1861 and 1862, was under their sole charge and had the privilege of their constant ministrations. It was in St. Mary's Church that their friends and helpers, Sir William and Lady Martin, worshipped; and the Bishop of Auckland has stated that the new church will be the Cathedral of the Diocese. Moreover, the chapel will be situated in the parish where the Constitution of our Church was drawn up and signed, and within a short distance of the Bishop's house, and of the Library where both the General and the Diocesan Synods meet It will thus always remind those who are helping to build up the work which these pioneers were mainly instrumental, under God's blessing, in so wisely establishing and ordering, of the spirit of unwearied self-denial and self-sacrifice which was so wrought into their lives.
Used for daily prayer, it will fulfil the wish to which Bishop Selwyn so often gave expression, that, in his own words, "there might be here a Cathedral Church, where the ordinances of daily prayer and weekly communion might shadow forth the unwearied service of the angels of God."
Subscriptions and donations may be paid to Rev. G. H. S. Walpole or S. Percy Smith, Esq., Auckland N.Z., or to Cheques, drafts, and P.O. Orders may be made payable to either of the above. Postal Notes or stamps will also be thankfully received.
W. G. Auckland.