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Summer 2022-23 album

Check out these photos taken across our Diocesan community, and find out what our parishes, clergy and Episcopal leaders, Cathedral, schools, Anglicare services, St Francis College, Cathedral Precinct staff and ministries got up to during the summer months

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ACSQ Facebook on 3 December 2022: "Congratulations to those ordained deacons and priests by Archbishop Phillip Aspinall in St John's Cathedral, Brisbane today...Let's keep our Diocesan community’s new deacons (The Rev’d Glynn Holland-Leam, The Rev’d Peter Kur Jongkuch, The Rev’d Simon Kim, The Rev’d Mamuor Kunpeter, The Rev’d Jane Markotis and The Rev’d Prof. John Rolley) and priests (The Rev’d Melissa Conway, The Rev’d Lorraine Lynch, The Rev’d Gary Tognola and The Rev’d Loretta Tyler-Moss) in our prayers as they serve in their calls to ordained ministry, as well as their families and other loved ones."

Episcopal leaders

ACSQ Facebook on 3 December 2022: "Congratulations to Archbishop Phillip who was farewelled to a standing ovation before the laying up of his pastoral staff. Dr Christa Aspinall was also fittingly acknowledged for her faithful service. It was wonderful to see Episcopal leaders from other dioceses gathered, along with ecumenical leaders."

The Rev'd Dr Yick Hong Simon Tang at Sunnybank Anglican Parish.

The Rev'd Dr Simon Tang Facebook on 22 February 2023: "Ash Wednesday service at night."

Anglican Parish of Bundaberg

At The Parish of Bundaberg, well-wishers from far and wide attended The Ven. Keith Dean-Jones' special service of farewell and retirement on12 January 2023.

Bishop Cam Venables

The Anglican Parish of St George with Dirranbandi Facebook on 5 February 2023: "Blessed to have Bishop Cam visit and guide us again for another year at the AGM. We are so happy to welcome a little one into the Church family at her Baptism."


Anglicare Southern Queensland Facebook on 18 January 2023: "Last month, the Southport Respite Centre team hosted a Disney-themed day for our clients on the Gold Coast. There was trivia, Disney bingo and a game of 'Pin Minnie’s Bow'. Clients enjoyed reminiscing about the Disney movies that were their favourites and how special it was going to the cinema back when they were first released. Along with enjoying a hearty morning tea, prepared by staff, the group also watched the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, 'Steamboat Willy'. Thank you to our team for organising this special event and to our clients for joining in on the Disney fun. Walt would be proud!"


Bishop John Roundhill Facebook on 8 February 2023: "Not every day that you get a beautiful gift for witnessing oaths and declarations. To the other incoming clergy of the diocese, I think you need to up your game! Congratulations to The Rev'd Sam Sunny, soon to be the new Priest in Charge at Wynnum."

All Saints' Anglican Church, Chermside

All Saints' Anglican Church, Chermside Facebook on 15 January 2023: "What a wonderful milestone. This year marks 100 years since the commencement of Anglican Mothers Union Australia (AMUA), Chermside Branch. To begin the year-long celebrations, two new members were admitted to the branch at the 9am Sunday Service today – Janelle Barram and Julie Somerville, and The Rev'd Canon Linda McWilliam moved from being a Diocesan member to Chermside Branch. Congratulations to these three ladies, and we look forward to more MU celebrations as the year progresses."


Bishop John Roundhill Facebook on 26 February 2023: "Well that was a fun Lent 1. It was a pleasure to be with the Anglican community on MacLeay Island for the confirmation of Maryan Rush. Getting there and back on the ferry must be one of the best routes to church in the diocese. The puppies were a bonus. The first service at All Saints', Redland Bay was also a good way to start Lent..."


Toowoomba Anglican School Facebook on 17 February 2023: "Our Activities and Facilities Coordinator, Rick (who is also the manager of the QLD Country Rugby Union Team – The Heelers) recently took the TAS bus to Narrabri for the Santos Festival of Rugby for the QLD Country vs NSW Country 'Battle of the Boarder' Cup to support the transport of players from Central and North QLD, Sunshine and Gold Coasts. Plenty of parents, past and current students attended the tournament. Well done to QLD Country who won the tournament for the 11th time in 60 years!"


Dalby Anglican Facebook on 21 February 2023: "What an awesome pancake party this morning at St John's. Thank you to everyone who came out to help."


Bishop Jeremy Greaves Facebook on 11 February 2023: "Members of the Anglican Men's Society Australia met for their annual meeting at All Saints' Anglican Church, Chermside today. It was a great time of catching up with friends, wonderful hospitality and making decisions about the future of AMS."

St Alban's, Warwick

Warwick Anglican Facebook on 15 January 2023: "A photo from St Alban's lunchtime gathering at the Maryvale Hotel, following our 11am service today. A lovely venue, great menu, and excellent company! Thank you Jan, for organising. The pub lunch following church is something St Alban's is keen to do through the course of the year. Anyone is welcome."


Anglicare Southern Queensland Facebook on 25 January 2023: "On Monday, some of our staff and clients gathered at our Nalingu (meaning 'you and me') Day Respite Centre in Zillmere. Fr Bruce, of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland, acknowledged the First Nations Elders, gave thanks, and highlighted the shared history that has perpetuated cycles of disadvantage seen today in First Nations communities. We also heard from our Mission Manager, Colin, and Gunggari woman and Anglicare client, Aunty Ruth. Our Group Manager of Home and Community (Sue Montgomery), Home and Community Service Manager for Brisbane North (Carolyn Cumming) and our Cultural Capability Facilitator (Howie Vandyke) were also present to listen to our clients and learn how we can better support First Nations Elders. Thank you to today's Zillmere Respite team for hosting the morning tea and supporting our clients!"


Bishop Jeremy Greaves Facebook on 24 February 2023: "There must be something in the water in Darwin. Three former Deans of Darwin...Bishop Keith Joseph, Bishop Clyde Wood and me."


St Luke's Bundaberg Facebook on 21 February 2023: "To mark Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, our Primary, Middle and Senior School students participated in a special worship service where they had the opportunity to receive ashes and reflect on the meaning of Lent. Students were encouraged to recognise they are part of a big community and were reminded that Lent is a season for humility and compassion and a time of service to others."


The Southport School Facebook on 21 February 2023: "School Captain Will Cox and Vice Captain Daniel Statham, attending the SEQ Anglican Schools Year 12 Student Leaders Symposium for 2023 held at Canterbury College. A powerful networking and personal development opportunity for the Year 12 Captains of every South-East Queensland Anglican School, with a chapel service plus three keynote speakers, including Bishop John Roundhill."

Valentine's Day event

Anglicare Southern Queensland Facebook on 16 February 2023: "This week at St Martin's, the residents were treated to a Valentine's Day performance from local artist and Anglicare volunteer, Bernie. The staff organised a delicious morning tea to be served to the audience during the performance, including some Townsville locals who were visiting their loved ones. Live music, tea and coffee, delicious sweet and savoury snacks, a beautifully decorated hall, and plenty of great company...what's not to love?"


Mission to Searfarers Brisbane Facebook on 3 December 2022: "It's that time of year when we are putting together Christmas bags and care packs. We are blessed for the support we receive to make this happen. When a shipowner and operator contribute to this campaign, we can't praise them highly enough. Thank you enormously to the Swire Group and the wonderful Jenny who made it all happen."


St Hilda's School, Gold Coast Facebook on 1 February 2023: "It was wonderful to welcome #Classof2022 students back on campus this morning for our annual Scholars' Assembly, recognising those students who achieved exceptional academic merit with an ATAR 95.00 and above. It was a great opportunity for the girls and their teachers to catch up, acknowledge their hard work and celebrate their achievements. We look forward to sharing individual success stories from this morning's Q&A session with our community very soon. Congratulations girls, we can't wait to see where the future takes you!"


St Francis College Facebook on 19 February 2023: "What a joyous occasion! The beginning of the academic year was celebrated on Sunday with the annual Commencement Evensong at St John’s Cathedral. Also included in the service was a recognition of those who graduated in 2022 and an act of commitment by students and teachers to their studies and the SFC community. It was a lovely occasion by which we commend the academic year ahead to God..."


Anglican Church Southern Queensland Facebook on 17 February 2023: "Congratulations to parishioner Margaret Thurgood who celebrated her 103rd birthday today. The anglican focus editor visited her favourite writer with a card, cupcake and the warmest regards from other St Martin’s House staff members. Margaret tells this marvellous story: 'During a final service at a Cursillo Southern Queensland weekend, we were invited to put something on the altar. I only had a biro on me, so I placed it on the altar. After that I received the gift of writing and began writing regularly for my parish newsletters from the 1980s until 2016...My writings are kept in several folders in my home.' Margaret generously lent her writings (pictured in the folders on her lap) to our Records and Archives Centre so our Archivist, Michael, could scan and save them. Happy birthday, Margaret."


St Margaret's Anglican Girls School Facebook on 27 February 2023: "A huge shout out to Year 10 students Addison, Arnika and Kate who last week represented St Margaret’s in the International Ethics Olympiad, after winning the Middle School Ethics Olympiad last year. In an intensive series of online heats, the girls showcased their critical and flexible thinking, using real-world examples to respond to a series of challenging questions. Well done on your impressive performance, girls!"

The Rev'd Daniel Sitaram and Rob Lynam

"The Rev'd Daniel Sitaram and Rob Lynam of St Faith's, Strathpine loading sewing machines and eight boxes of textiles for shipping to bless the women of Malaita on 27 January 2023" (Pam Lynam)


Some of the Matthew Flinders Anglican College Flinders Class of 2022 gather to celebrate learning of their ATAR results on Friday 16 December 2022 with Head of Senior School, Mr Gary Davis (right of picture).


St Paul's Ashgrove community member and artist Sue Webster helping to raise funds for St Francis' College's Baroona Farm and a local community garden by assisting with parking for Ed Shearan concert ticket holders in February 2023.


The Rev'd Elizabeth Donald-McConnell, Fiona Hammond (from FormEDFaith), Bishop John Roundhill and The Rev'd Canon Nicki Colledge enjoying the launch of FormEDFaith's Anglican Identity video project at St Francis College on 16 February 2023.


The Rev'd Canon Gary Harch and Anglicare's Suven Sagayadas enjoying pancakes and a chinwag in the Cathedral on Shove Tuesday in 2023.


The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt and Gerard Finn cooking up another pancake storm on Shove Tuesday in 2023.


Over 31 Anglican school teachers and chaplains met for the Term One Religious Education Day of Professional Learning at St Francis College on Thursday 9 February 2023. The event's theme was Flourishing Together: For Dignity.


British Anglican and advocate for gender and sexually diverse people Jayne Ozanne and the On The Way podcast team, The Rev'd Sue Grimmett, The Very Rev'd Dr Pater Catt and Dom Fay, recording in the Dean's office on Friday 24 February 2023.


Congratulations to Bishop Bruce Clark who marked 60 years of priestly ministry on Sunday 12 February 2023 at St Peter’s, Bribie Island.

Cathedral Deacon The Rev'd Dr Ann Solari

Cathedral Deacon The Rev'd Dr Ann Solari reading the Gospel during 2023's Cathedral Ash Wednesday service.


The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt giving new Cathedral Precinct staff a tour of the Cathedral, with Ann Joseph's help, on Wednesday 25 January 2023.


Baroona Farm volunteers enjoying a cuppa in the shade at St Francis College after a few hours of weeding, harvesting and planting on Saturday 20 January 2023.


The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt was made an Honorary member of the United Nations Association of Australia Queensland (UNAAQ) Branch on Monday 12 December 2022 during a UN Human Rights Day event at the Cathedral. UNAA Queensland President Claire Moore presented Dean Peter with his certificate, along with the UNAAQ's Peace and Security Program Manager Annette Brownlie and the UNAAQ Earth Charter Committee member Clem Campbell OAM.

Baroona Farm Christmas party

The Baroona Farm crew held their annual Christmas party in Old Bishopsbourne on Saturday 17 December 2022. Thanks to The Rev'd Samuel Dow and other big-hearted volunteers for all the hard work they put into maintaining the community farm.


The Glennie School Facebook on 16 February 2023: "Yesterday at this week’s Junior Years assembly, we officially recognised our Year 6 students as leaders in the Junior Years and acknowledged the role that they play as Student Representatives, House, and School Officials. Congratulations, Year 6, on reaching this milestone in your educational journey. We look forward to watching you flourish this year and beyond. Remember – You are a Glennie Girl. You will always be a Glennie Girl and YOU CAN DO ANYTHING."

Bishop Cam Venables and Anglicare team members

Bishop Cam Venables, Anglicare SQ Executive Director Sue Cooke, Adele Wilkinson (Meilene Home Manager) and Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey at the reopening of the Meilene Residential Aged Care Home in Bundaberg after a $19 million redevelopment. The project adds 36 beds, upgrades to all accommodation, community areas and grounds, and will create up to 144 new jobs for the region.


Congratulations to The Rev'd Dr Ruth Mathieson who celebrated 25 years of priestly ministry in February 2023. The St Francis College team surprised Ruth with flowers and a cake during their annual retreat to mark the joyous occasion. The Rev'd Dr Ruth and Bishop Jeremy were ordained to the priesthood on the same day in Adelaide in 1998.

Dr Stephen Harrison and Bishop Jeremy Greaves

"...the thing I value above all else about Bishop Jeremy is his willingness to speak with courage, empathy, clarity and conviction to the wider Australian community" (Dr Stephen Harrison, who is pictured with Bishop Jeremy Greaves outside St John's Cathedral on the day of Bishop Jeremy's 25th anniversary as a priest in February 2023).

Bishop Jeremy Greaves at the commissioning of The Rev'd Deb Bird

Bishop Jeremy Greaves at the commissioning of The Rev'd Deb Bird at The Parish of Palmwoods on Sunday 12 February 2023.


St Paul's School Facebook on 23 January 2023: "Welcome back, everyone! For the first time since 2020 we’ve managed to start the school year on time and in person! It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces back on campus. We hope you all had a fantastic start to the 2023 school year."

Easter vigil in 2022 on the Sunshine Coast

Liturgical Assistant Lydia Fairhall, The Rev'd Deb Bird and Kevin Lapthorn at an Easter vigil in 2022 on the Sunshine Coast.


Cannon Hill Anglican College Facebook on 7 February 2023: "On Friday, the College congratulated our 2022 graduates on their sterling outcomes and welcomed back these past students for the annual CHAC Honours Assembly. In front of an audience of their peers, parents and current students, Honours students shared their reflections on their time at CHAC and their words of advice for younger students. Congratulations to Alison De La Cruz and Thomas Molesworth, joint recipients of the 2022 Dux of the College – The Robyn Bell Award."