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November 2019 Album

Recent photos of our Diocesan community

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The Anglican Schools Commission held its end-of-year Eucharist at St Augustine’s, Hamilton on Friday 29 November. During the service, The Rev'd Richard Browning was Commissioned Director of Mission for the ASC, also giving a heartwarming homily on what it means to be the Body of Christ. The Rev'd Richard is pictured with ASC Executive Director Sherril Molloy (left), Archbishop Phillip Aspinall and The Rev'd Canon Sarah Leisemann (right).


Bishop Jeremy on Facebook, 2 November: "Today we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of St Mary’s Church at Brooweena with past and present parishioners and plenty of others who have family connections with the little wooden church on the hill. It is a long time since the church has overflowed with so many people, but month by month faithful people still gather for prayer and worship and holy communion. God is in this place.”


Parish Secretary and author Christine McLean from MWAMA with her book, From Bush Brothers To Mission Area in 130 Years, at the All Saints', Mitchell 130th birthday event. Over one hundred guests assembled in Mitchell to celebrate the 130 years since the first foundation stone was laid for the church. To buy a copy of the book, contact Christine via


ACSQ Public Affairs and Communications Director and veteran journalist Ian Eckersley shared about his career highlights working at the ABC, Courier Mail and Premier's office with clergy and staff at a Cathedral Precinct morning tea on Tuesday 19 November.


On Friday 1 November, the St Francis Spiritual Direction Formation Program Community congratulated their six graduates for 2019 with a service in The Chapel of the Holy Spirit: congratulations to Cheryl Coller, Lisa Coles, Margaret Connors, Anne Cock, Liz Anderson and Wayne Crouch.


Cathedral Shop volunteer and parishioner Coralie Ketels is always a delight to chat to. Our Cathedral volunteers do wonderful work serving Anglicans in our Diocese and the broader community in a variety of roles, including Cathedral Welcomers, Coffee on Wednesdays (COWs) servers, Guides and Wardens. Bless!


Bishop John Roundhill on Facebook, 3 November: "A delightful double service at St David's, Chelmer Graceville (7.45am and 9.30am). The latter had six confirmations. Congratulations to Sam, Matthew, Lily, Jack, Jack and Sam."


On 10 November, The Rev'd Canon Dr Ralph Bowles (centre) was commissioned by Bishop Jeremy as Priest-in-Charge of The Parish of Nambour, pictured here with The Rev'd John Cornish (right).


Anglicare SQ Facebook, 22 November: "This is the wonderful Carly (left) delivering baby nests, bedding and essentials for newborns to our Homelessness Service. It’s a service for Adult Women, Young Women and Children to access when circumstances leave them without a safe place to call home. Carly started the initiative to collect pre-loved baby items, and once refurbished and washed, deliver to people that need them most...Such a great initiative have got a heart of gold and we are so lucky to be the recipients of your generous deeds!"


(L-R) Ian Alexander, Lorraine Lynch, Joanne Rose, Russell Clutterbuck, Trish Alexander and Lilly Ate at St Gabriel's Church, Carindale on Sunday 3 November when Lay Minister and formation student Lorraine was farewelled and acknowledged for her generous service to the parish community.


On Sunday 3 November, Mother Moira Evers from St Mark's, Buderim announced that Harrison Gentile has been elected 2020 College Captain of Matthew Flinders Anglican College. Harrison is pictured with sister Elissa who both serve in the church's family service singing group. Congratulations, Harrison.


As a joint initiative with the Saudi Arabian Ministry for Education and Griffith University, Coomera Anglican College hosted three visiting teachers in November. The teachers attended the College to upskill and pass on this knowledge to their own schools' teachers and administrators in 21st century teaching practices. The three teachers spent their time immersing themselves in the community and culture of Coomera Anglican College. During their time, they observed a range of classes, subjects and teaching styles across the Primary and Secondary campuses.


College Captain and Spiritual Leader Jacques Dennison is joined by Spiritual Leader Caelan Forsingdal to lead the opening prayers at the 2019 Cannon Hill Anglican College Valedictory Service at St John's Cathedral on Friday 15 November.


Four equestrian riders from The Glennie School, Kate Bellars, Holly Hurst, Becci  Roellgen and Lucy Stanford, were invited to compete as Australian representatives at the 2019 Horse Pacific Challenge, a week-long event in New Caledonia. This event attracts talented equestrian riders from Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Tahiti and New Caledonia. The team placed fourth overall in the competition. Kate Bellars said that: “It was such an honour to be invited to the Challenge, and meet and compete against students who are just as passionate about their showjumping. We came away from this hotly-contested Challenge having learnt so much, with memories we will treasure forever.“


PMC's Belinda Macarthur and Joanne Rose visited St Francis College on 28 November to see Georgina Greenhill's exhibition 'Gifts of Creation' in the chapel.


Parish of Goonaneman parishioner Dilys Griffiths: "A parishioner’s grandchild chose to hold hands with The Ven Keith Dean-Jones during the singing of 'O Come All Ye Faithful' at our recent service of lessons and carols. A blessed moment, which enchanted us all."


Organisational Psychologist Dr Neil Preston and ACSQ Justice Unit Coordinator Jen Basham running a 'Spirituality and Practice of Collaborative Maturity' workshop for clergy, formation students and staff on Wednesday 20 November at St Francis College.


Cathedral parishioner Dom Fay, Organisational Psychologist Dr Neil Preston, The Rev'd Sue Grimmett and The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt recording On The Way podcast 'The Western Dreaming' in the Cathedral on Friday 22 November at a wine and cheese night, where the following questions were discussed: Does Western culture have dream time like Aboriginal Dreaming stories? What are the grand narratives that drive the West? What happens when the Western Dreaming does not have a collective imaginary – or as Professor John Carrol once said, "Is the West dying for want of a better story?"


Hospital Chaplains Mary Coates Kavanagh, Michelle Philp, Sally Isles (Chaplaincy Services Manager), The Rev’d Cheryl Selvage and Jodie O’Shannassy on retreat in Montville on 1 November.


On Wednesday 27 November, the Harrow TV crime series team filmed at St Mary's, Kangaroo Point. (L-R) first assistant director Peter McLennan (holding a loaf of bread baked by Fr Gary), The Rev'd Canon Gary Harch and lead actor Ioan Gruffudd.


Anglicare SQ Facebook, 29 November: "Anglicare were proud to be a part of the official launch of The Home Stretch campaign in Queensland, alongside Create Foundation, Anglicare Victoria and @Peakcare to advocate for the support to foster care and residential children be extended from 18 years to 21 #MakeIt21." Sign the pledge at


Despite the pic's signage, State of Origin allegiances were set aside for the 2019 Anglican Registrars Conference, which was held in Coolangatta on 18-20 November, with The Diocese of Grafton and The Diocese of Brisbane co-hosting the event. (L-R) Diocese of Grafton Registrar/GM Chris Nelson, Executive Assistant Kaytrina Jessup, Executive Assistant Yi-Ching Huang and Diocese of Brisbane Registrar/GM Tim Reid.


Bishop John Roundhill and Bishop of Grafton Murray Harvey catching up during morning tea on the first day of the Anglican Registrars Conference in Coolangatta on 18 November where the Bishops led daily prayer and worship.


Bishop Cam Venables practising his colouring-in skills with a young Booval Parish member and colouring-in expert on Sunday 1 December.


Anglicare SQ Facebook, 20 November: "Anglicare is proud to receive the Silver Standard in Aged Care and Retirement in the 2020 Reader’s Digest annual Quality Service Awards survey. Providing quality care for Queenslanders is at the heart of who we are. We were honoured to be recognised for the high-quality care and commitment of our staff and volunteers in the services they deliver every day to older Queenslanders. Thanks Australia! Pictured: Sue Cooke, Director Service Delivery."


Bishop Cam Venables, The Rev'd Chris Bate and parishioners at All Saints', Booval at the Parish's Christmas Celebration: "There were so much food and dessert to eat. And lots of Australian Christmas Carols to sing."


Dr David Wetherell (Right), recently retired Honorary Fellow in History at Deakin University, launched Bishop Jonathan Holland's book on Philip Strong at St Francis College on Thursday 21 November. Anyone wishing to order a copy of The Destiny and Passion of Philip Nigel Warrington Strong can email Bishop Jonathan:


Anglicare SQ Facebook, 29 November: "Our hearts are bursting with joy at the sight of these generous gifts! A big thank you to the team at @CondevCares who kindly donated 95 presents to support foster kids and families this Christmas."