Consecration of St. Peter's Château d'Oex
The photo below is a reproduction of the original petition from the Colonial and Continental Church Society to the Lord Bishop of London, Arthur Foley requesting the consecration of the church with the name St. Peter’s. The document is undated, but must have been written between 1899, when the church was built, and 1902 when it was consecrated.
To the Right Honorable and Right Reverend Father in God Arthur Foley by Divine Permission Lord Bishop of London
The humble Petition of the Colonial and Continental Church Society by the Reverend Joseph Dennis Mullins Clerk M.A. the Secretary to the said Society.
That it being considered desirable to erect a Church for the performance of Divine Service according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England at Chateau d’Oex in Switzerland for the use of English Residents there or English Visitors resorting thereto a certain plot of land situated within the territory of the Commune of Chateau d’Oex containing three acres and nine metres and more particularly described in a Deed of Gift bearing date the Twenty fifth day of January 1898 was by the said Deed conveyed to the Colonial and Continental Church Society aforesaid as and for a Site for a Church.
That a suitable Church has accordingly been erected on the said land
and has been fitted with all things necessary and proper for Divine Worship and is now in all respects fit and ready for Consecration.
Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray that your Lordship will be pleased to Dedicate or Consecreate or cause to be Dedicated or Consecreated the said Church for the performance of Divine Worship according to the Rites and Usages of the Church of England by the name of St. Peter,
And your Petitioners will ever pray.
Joseph Denis Mullins
Secretary of the Colonial and Continental Church Society.