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Music teacher and Receptionist at St Martin’s House, Ann St

Frances Thompson

About Frances -

Frances Thompson is a music teacher and currently a Receptionist at St Martin’s House.  She sings Evensong at St John’s Cathedral, and also worships at many Southern Region churches, accompanying her husband, Bishop John Roundhill. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Lancaster University, UK,  with a special interest in orchestral strings, Kodaly singing and handbells.

Articles by Frances

Features Features

The night the Zeppelin bombs fell

“The Vicar’s wife and the Sunday School teachers should have been meeting in the Parish Room, but the meeting was serendipitously moved to the Parsonage, where they could have coffee afterwards. Plans altered, for no particular reason. While the Parish Room was destroyed in the bombing, tears of joy and relief came later,” says Frances Thompson in her retelling of her great-grandfather’s real-life account


Advent serendipity

In this special Advent tale, Frances Thompson tells us about her serendipitous birth on the first day of Advent in 1970 and about a surprising find in Oxford’s famous Bodleian Library


Three Anglican priests, 10 siblings, a dog named ‘Satan’ and hundreds of letters

“Picture, if you will, a large extended family on holiday in Porlock, Somerset, in the south west of England. The date is August 1906 and the family have taken rooms at Birchanger Farm for a month where they have been enjoying excursions, bicycling, walking and bathing,” writes Frances Thompson following her discovery that the famous Bodleian Library holds hundreds of her family’s letters, dating back to the early 1900s


Faith, cancer and parkrun

“I know some Christians believe everything happens for a reason. It is good that no-one actually said that to my face, as I probably would have felt like punching them,” reflects Frances Thompson on her cancer diagnosis and recovery

Books & Guides

The Tapestry: One woman’s Journey to Priesthood

Frances Thompson reviews an autobiographical account on one woman’s painful and long journey to priesthood in the Diocese of Wangaratta: “The tenacity of women like Libby paved the way for Australian women who have been ordained in the last 10 years, as well as those who are training as ordinands now”