Torres Strait Islander Community
The Coming of the Light
'I am the Light of the World'
Thank God for the first missionaries, who on July the first 1871,
at Darnley Island, brought the light of Christ to the Torres Strait.
There will be a Mass to celebrate the Coming of the Light
at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, 1 July 2020.
It commemorates the arrival of the London Missionary Society mission in the Torres Strait in 1871 and the adoption of Christianity. All are welcome, although numbers will be strictly limited to 20, due to COVID-19-related regulations. Please register with the Parish office on 3852 1635 or at
by 10:00 am on the day. Please accept our apologies in advance if we are unable to include you in this service.
Next year, the Torres Strait Islander community will mark the 150th anniversary of the Coming of the Light. A planning committee is working on what will be a tremendous celebration, including worship and re-enactments. In view of that
upcoming major event, and present circumstances, this year’s celebration will be not be as extensive as it has been in the past. Of course, it remains an important event in our 2020 calendar.
Coming of the Light
Images from the re-enactment
July 1 at Holy Trinity 2018
Images: David Agnew