THE NEW Archdeacon of Cornwall has been formally installed at a service at Truro Cathedral.
The Reverend Bill Stuart-White was welcomed into his new position by the Bishop of Truro and other dignitaries.
Christopher Gray, director of music, and the cathedral choir provided a range of songs culminating in the ethereal Ave Maria by Franz Biebl.
In his sermon, having thanked everyone for their support, the archdeacon picked up on the Advent theme as he spoke of the need for fortitude in the face of adversity.
He contrasted the nation's sporting success in recent months with the travails of the Church of England and its apparent decline, as hinted at in the results of the 2011 Census.
"Our way ahead is a tough and challenging one," he said. "But it is a way well prepared."
The new archdeacon said he would be working with clergy and parishes across the diocese to share the Christian faith.
"Every aspect of church life should be dedicated to mission," he declared. "Then perhaps the next census might show a different picture."