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Best photos of 2019 album

Check out the Editor’s pick of the best photos of 2019, showing how our Diocesan community across three Regions and five Commissions contributed to the Church’s mission, connecting with and building community in 2019

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After the 10th Anniversary of the Cathedral's Consecration Evensong service on 27 October, the second edition of Cathedral: WINDOWS was launched by the Governor of Queensland. (L-R) Alwyne Nunn (major sponsor of the Cathedral: WINDOWS book), Brett Gow (Alex Gow Funerals, major sponsor of the Cathedral: WINDOWS book), Matt Tesch (who coordinated the book with Jacki), His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC Governor of Queensland, Jacki Scott (who coordinated the book with Matt Tesch), Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt, Greg Nunn (major sponsor of the Cathedral: WINDOWS book) and Dan O’Connor (major sponsor Cathedral: WINDOWS book, on behalf of Churchie).


The Archbishop of Brisbane The Most Rev’d Dr Phillip Aspinall, The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt and The Ven. Mark Carlyon with the priests and deacons ordained on Saturday 7 December in St John's Cathedral. Congratulations to The Rev'd Susan Barker, The Rev'd Danielle Clark, The Rev'd Richard Gummow, The Rev'd Kate Ross, The Rev'd Erika Williams and The Rev'd Scott Windred who were ordained priests. And, congratulations to The Rev'd Juliana Bate, The Rev'd Michael Calder, The Rev'd Ann Edwards, The Rev'd Richard James, The Rev'd Jonathan Kemp and The Rev'd Kathrin Koning who were ordained deacons.


ACSQ clergy 65+ and over contribute in diverse ways to our Diocesan community, including The Rev'd Canon Bruce Boase, who is Parish Priest of Green Hills Anglican Community, an Honorary Cathedral Canon and Co-Chair of the ACSQ's Reconciliation Action Plan working group, pictured here with ACSQ RAP Coordinator Aunty Sandra King (left) and Anglicare Cultural Capability Facilitator Olly Yasso (right)


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


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.


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.”


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:


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).


St Andrew's Anglican College student Josh collecting cement for the toilet block, which he built with locals and fellow students in Cambodia in the September 2019 school holidays.


The Rev’d Samuel Dow, St John's Cathedral Climate Advocate Gillian King, The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt, The Rev’d Jasmine Dow and Justice Unit Coordinator Jen Basham sang Carols For The Earth with members of The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change on Friday 6 December at 145 Ann St, encouraging workers and companies to walk away from fossil fuel projects.


Anglicare SQ A Place To Belong member Deborah, a Brisbane woman with a range of disabilities and challenges, who some years ago had been semi-homeless, is now on the casual payroll at the University of Queensland and she regularly contributes to different classes: “I used to live in institutions and hostels and I used to have to do things by the rules. I like living in my own house. I can see the city and I have my own clothesline. My support team and friends are helping me to learn the computer. It is difficult but I am better than I was.”


Archbishop Phillip Aspinall (Anglican Diocese of Brisbane), Bishop Keith Joseph (Anglican Diocese of North Queensland) and Archbishop Mark Coleridge (Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane) testifying at the Euthanasia inquiry, where Archbishop Phillip said, "Both sides of this debate appeal to compassion. Compassion is a primary social and moral value. Compassion means, literally, to suffer with another. Care is about being with a person, easing their pain and suffering to the greatest possible extent, remaining with them in companionship and solidarity through their most vulnerable and difficult times, and not abandoning them. End-of-life care should ease pain and suffering to the greatest extent possible, short of taking a person’s life. That you do not take human life has been a social, legal and moral cornerstone of civilised society."


Bishop Jeremy Greaves handing out copies of The Eagle at the St John's Cathedral stall at Brisbane Pride Fair Day on 21 September 2019.


Bishop John Roundhill taking a SundaySelfie with the Parish of Eastern Hills' Malayalam-speaking congregation in October 2019.

South Sudanese and Sudanese Prayer Service

Bishop Daniel Abot (third from right) and spouse Rachel Jimma (third from left) with three of their daughters, Bishop Cam Venables and other participants at the South Sudanese and Sudanese Prayer Service on 7 July 2019 at St John's Anglican Cathedral


On 4 May 2019, 11 of the St Bart’s, Toowoomba Social Cycling Group, completed a ride from Toowoomba to Mooloolaba (220km) with 100 other riders from around Queensland. It was a great opportunity to connect with others and share what the life of the local church is all about.


Anglicare, St John's Cathedral, General Manager's Office, St Francis College, and Finance and Diocesan Services Commission staff and clergy, along with workshop facilitator Mark Delaney, at the Living the Change workshop in the Ann St Darnell Room on Monday 9 September 2019.


In early September 2019, Fr Bill Pearson was presented with a certificate by Archbishop Phillip Aspinall acknowledging his 45 years of service as Chaplain to Mission to Seafarers. Fr Bill said, "Lorna kept the MTS open in Townsville every day to allow me to ship visit..I think I am only one of three Emeritus Seafarers chaplains in the world. I have recently been made an Hon. Ember of the Company of Masters, but l'm a bit unhappy about that as it doesn’t allow me to drive the big ships!"

St Margaret’s Girls School

On Tuesday 27 August, The Rev'd Susan Crothers-Robertson was commissioned as St Margaret’s Chaplain in a special service with the St Margaret’s community and Bishop Jeremy Greaves officiating. Pictured are St Margaret’s Principal Ms Ros Curtis, Sister Gillian, Bishop Jeremy Greaves, The Rev'd Susan Crothers-Robertson and Sister Eunice


Imam Uzair Akbar (centre front), President of the Islamic Society of Holland Park Tony Ahmad (front, fourth from right), Spokesperson for the Islamic Council of Queensland Ali Kadri (back, right), Aunty Bebe Ahmad (front, second from left) and other Holland Park Mosque congregation members welcomed The Rev'd Dr Graham Warren (back, left) and ACSQ Communications and Community Engagement Specialist Michelle McDonald (front, third from left) to Holland Park Mosque on Friday 13 September 2019. Fr Graham, Michelle and Peter Branjerdporn visited the mosque after it was vandalised with racist symbols and text, bringing with them a card of solidarity signed by Bishop John and a collection that was taken up desk to desk in the Cathedral Precinct.


Some very special guests (joey wallabies rescued by parish member Tania Fitzsimons), eagerly wanting to be part of the WHS support visit at the Parish of Nanango on 29 August. L-R: Michael Kucera (WHS Advisor), The Rev'd Robert Chippendale (PinC Nanango Parish) and Tania Fitzsimons (Safety Officer – Nanango Parish).


Hazel and Parish Nominator Deb Stanley at St Gabriel’s Church, Carindale, making treasure bags during the morning service on Sunday 11 August. Luke 12.34: "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."


As part of Senior’s Week celebrations, our residents at Symes Grove got a treat on Tuesday 20 August with a visit from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES Taigum Fire Station firefighters. They came bearing gifts, which had fire safety messaging on them, an absolute hit with the staff and residents. Thank you firefighters, Geoff Antony, Peter Morgan, Alan Bartholomew, and Sherie Tracey-Youngs. You are legends!


The Preparatory Teaching Team AKA “The Incredibles” joining in on the fun of Book Week at Coomera Anglican College (L-R): Ms Fiona Melhem (teaching assistant), Mrs Kelly Adam (teacher), Mrs Karla Hayhoe (teacher) and Mrs Brea Bloomfield (teaching assistant)


Fr Dan Berris, Tu Mana Kena and Haimona Kena at the Big Night Out celebrating July 2019's Youth Week, which The Lakes Anglican Church help support through grants received from the Girls' Friendly Society.


Frederika Roberts, Kara Kroon (Head Daygirl), Elizabeth Wright, Emily Dougherty (School Captain), Alexi McCarthy (Year 7 Student Council Representative) with Elizabeth's medals at the Resilience and Wellbeing Success seminar at St Hilda's at the start of Semester 2, 2019.


The Rev'd David Browne and The Rev'd Zoe Browne recently featured in the Dalby Herald, following their mid-2019 move to Dalby along with their two young sons, Jude and Micah. The Rev'd David Browne has been Commissioned as the new parish priest of St John's Anglican Church. The Rev'd Zoe will continue as Chaplain at The Toowoomba Anglican School. Congratulations to both The Rev'd David and The Rev'd Zoe.


(L-R) Seasonal workers and parish worshippers David, Tony (who will take the candlesticks home to Isabel Province in the Solomon Islands), Rose and Henry, with The Rev’d Dr Imelda O'Loughlin and The Rev’d Dr Graham Warren at St Alban’s Anglican Church, Gatton on 8 September. The candlesticks were gifted by the Parish of St Paul’s, Roma, and originally came from St John the Divine Anglican Church in Surat, which was closed in May 2019.


The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt, The Rev'd Kate Ross, Justice Unit staff members Jen Basham and Peter Branjerdporn and participants of the Earth Overshoot Day liturgy on 29 July when the St John's Cathedral bells tolled for 12 minutes, marking the years that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that we have to avoid catastrophic climate change.


During the mid-year holidays, the Fraser Coast Anglican College Library was turned into a ‘Storybook Garden’. Designed to enlighten the imagination of students when they are in the library and transport them to another world…within one of their books. It is the first of its kind in the area, constructed by Natureworks. Year 2 students even said they saw where the fairies lived and were waiting for them to come out of their holes.


The Rev’d Kay Hart visiting Emma Conway (L) and Emma Newsome (R) to check on the level of Western Region drought 'FarmAssist' funds at Lucy Walker Pharmacy in July 2019.


MTS Ship visitors Dave Tull and Julianne McLeod enjoying an on-board lunch with seafarers in May 2019


Anglican Parish of St George with Dirranbandi Church Warden Diane Massurit, who helped organise the Action Plan following the climate change Open Space conversation at Synod.


Synod Open Space facilitator Brendan McKeague introducing Open Space to Synod members in Morris Hall, Churchie.


Sandra Miller (left) and Sandali Gange in mid-2019, loading the Glennie mini bus with donated stationery items for local students in need of them.


Bishop Cam Venables and The Rev'd Heather Dearden at The Rev'd Heather's Commissioning as Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Roma on 3 September.


A record 45 teams and 174 students students from St Andrew's Anglican College, Peregian Springs participated in the Kokoda Challenge on Saturday 1 June, Australia's 'toughest endurance event' which raises funds for life changing programs targeting Australian Youth.


Ranjani, St Francis College student Loretta Tyler-Moss, The Rev’d Victor Joseph (Principal, Wontulp-Bi-Buya College), The Rev’d Andrew Schmidt (with baby John), The Rev’d Samuel Dow (with Ellie), The Rev’d Jasmine Dow (with Amelie), St Francis College student Glynn Holland-Leam, Peter Branjerdporn and Louise Schmidt on the ABM pilgrimage to Wontulp-Bi-Buya College in Cairns in mid-June


Bishop Ken Howell, Bishop Robert McGuckin, Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Bishop Jeremy Greaves, Bishop Cameron Venables and Bishop John Roundhill giving the final blessing at the anniversary of our Tri-Diocesan Covenant with the Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba and the Archdiocese of Brisbane on 29 May at St John's Anglican Cathedral.


St John’s Anglican College, Year 6 students at the Bark Canoes prayer station during Reconciliation Prayer Spaces in May 2019


(L-R) Chaplaincy team members: Joanne McDiarmid, Ian Hamilton, Carol O’Ryan, Judy Burt, Ann Shepperson, Sid Rogers, Cheryl Selvage, Sally Isles, Jodie O’Shannassy and Michelle Philp at The Rev'd Ann's retirement morning tea at St Francis College in May 2019


Archbishop Phillip Aspinall visited the Parish of Gonnaneman on 11 May. The Parish is a small, faithful community who welcomed The Archbishop with a special breakfast, which was cooked by men of the parish. (L-R) Marie Bryant, Sue Tonkin, Beverley Reynolds, Archbishop Phillip Aspinall and Beryl Carroll


The original members of the Good Grub Club, (L-R) Lilli (17), Anita (17), Ethan (17), Raymond (16), Youth Worker, Lauren and Anglicare Insync’s Rees Maddren at the launch and reveal of the Good Grub Club food van at St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane on Friday 10 May 2019


Highfields Anglicans in the Western Region proceeding to St Anne's on Palm Sunday.


Bishop John Roundhill and Holland Park Mosque Imam Uzair Akbar outside Holland Park Mosque in the lead up to Bishop John's Holy Week 'walk and talk' pilgrimage from Brisbane to the Gold Coast.


Policy and Advocacy Advisor Ian Eckersley, Project Editor Claudine Capel and Administrative Assistant Jolanda Vorster munching on crisp apples kindly given to St Martin's House staff and clergy by the Parish of Stanthorpe in April 2019.


Director of Mission for Anglicare The Rev'd Canon Linda McWilliam and Executive Assistant Bronwen Clark after the Harmony Day service at St John's Cathedral in March 2019


(L-R) Frances Thompson (wife of Bishop John Roundhill), Anglican Bishop of The Southern Region The Right Rev’d John Roundhill, Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane The Most Rev’d Mark Coleridge and Coptic Orthodox priest Fr David Mahrous at the 18 March 2019 prayer service for Christchurch mosque attack victims at The Islamic College of Brisbane


Archbishop Phillip Aspinall cutting the ceremonial cake with Symes Grove resident Myra Crossan at the facility's opening on 27 February 2019. Symes Grove home is complete with 105 rooms and three memory support cottages, providing 24/7 nursing support, allied health and social support to older members of our community.


Community of The Way members making their statement of commitment at St Francis College on 8 March. Congratulations to the members of this exciting new community: Amy, Caitlin, Gab, Naomi, Sam, Stephen and Nenny – you will be in the thoughts and prayers of the whole Diocese this year and we look forward to hearing about your initiatives and experiences.


The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt and Gerard Finn cooking hundreds of pancakes for Cathedral Precinct staff and clergy on Shrove Tuesday.


Fr Wilfred Kekea with Mothers Union Bible Study members during his immersion trip in mid-2019. Fr Kekea participated in a six-week cultural immersion program in the Parish of Gayndah, offering sacramental ministry within the Parish and engaging with seasonal workers. He is currently the Mission Secretary of the Diocese of Central Melanesia in the Anglican Province of Melanesia, based in Honiara, Solomon Islands.


Archbishop Phillip Aspinall meeting members of the Malu Kiai Mura Buway Dancing Corporation, originally from Boigu Island Torres Strait, on Commonwealth Day on 12 March 2019.


Finance and Diocesan Services Commission (FDSC) team members Ainslie, Michelle, Susan and Michael getting into the #AprilAngel spirit, putting bags of toiletries, underwear and food outside St Martin's House, where The Rev'd Dr Ann Solari from St John's Cathedral, Brisbane has set up a collection point for rough sleepers. The bags also contain a friendly note from each of these FDSC team members.


(L-R) Terry Albone, Julian Underwood and Mavis Ralph, 'Coffee on Wednesdays' (COWs) coordinators, at St John's Cathedral in April 2019. COWs is open between 10am and 2pm on Wednesdays so community members and international visitors can take time out and have a chat over a cuppa with the merry band of dedicated 'welcomer' volunteers, who take their baking and ministry of TLC seriously, but not much else. If you haven't dropped by and chatted to the COWs crew, do so as you will walk away with a spring in your step and a tummy full of homemade treats.


Sherril Molloy, Executive Director of the Anglican Schools Commission, was honoured to attend the official 'Turning the Sod' ceremony in early 2019 for the new AEIOU Centre to be built in the grounds of St Paul’s School in Bald Hills.

Bishop Jeremy Greaves signing books on a visit to St John's Church, Biggenden

Bishop Jeremy Greaves signing books on a visit to St John's Church, Biggenden in early January 2019 for a Eucharistic service, pictured here with two young parishioners, including a potential future Bishop


Bubbles featured at the commissioning service for new West Moreton Anglican College College Chaplain. The Rev'd Julie Craig-Leaves blew the bubbles to represent her prayer for each of the staff, students and parents which was the verse of Bishop Cameron’s song, “Sing at the top of your voice; love without fear in your heart”.


The Rev’d Rebecca King with Bishop Jo Wells and parishioners at The Parish of Yeronga after the 11am service on 18 August 2019.


Year 7 student Sharne meeting 'Hermione The Wonder Dog' during Year 7 Home Class on their first day of school in 2019.


The Rev'd Dr Jo Inkpin (St Francis College) and Cultural Capability Facilitator Olly Yasso (Anglicare) chatting at St John's Cathedral after the Harmony Day celebrations. The Rev'd Jo and Olly are part of the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group. The Rev'd Jo is Co-chair (along with The Rev'd Canon Bruce Boase) and Olly is a member.


Bishop Jeremy Greaves on Facebook on Sunday 22 December while in the Solomons: "It's not only Bishop John Roundhill who takes a good selfie!"


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.