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Chaplain, The Springfield Anglican College

The Springfield Anglican College is seeking a Chaplain to lead the Christian life of the College, commencing in January 2022. The Chaplain is a member of the College’s leadership team and is primarily responsible for the gospel ministry of the College in line with the Anglican Diocesan Ethos Statement. The College Chaplain will have a heart for ministry and will be gospel focused, a leader of mission and a passionate community builder. See more.

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On the prison chaplaincy frontlines

“Stan was a stoic and grumpy old inmate whose head was always downcast, reading, writing, or doing crosswords. Whenever I drew close to the table at which he sat (usually alone), he’d make some disparaging remark about the uselessness of what chaplains stood for,” says prison chaplain Ken Collins from St Mark’s, The Gap

The Rev'd Bernard Thomas and wife Hilary in Hong Kong
Spotlight Q&A

Q&A with centenarian, retired parish priest and mission chaplain, great-grandpa and proud Welsh person, The Rev’d Bernard Thomas

Meet Fr Bernard Thomas, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday, and find out about his ministry, why he decided to become a priest, what advice he has for people discerning their vocation, about his faith journey and what scripture he would write on a billboard and why


“I first heard about Jesus when someone on the street gave me a Bible”

“When we become aware that God is calling us to ordained ministry, it may at first come as a bit of a surprise; a realisation deep within that feels both right, yet strangely uncomfortable,” says The Rev’d Fang Ling Quested, as she shares her story of faith that brought her from the Buddhist temples of Taiwan to ordination in Brisbane, as Vocations Month continues


Churchie explores this year’s Diocesan theme, ‘Nurturing Relationships’

“With Chaplain Steph’s help, Churchie students…have written in to share how they have been working together to explore ‘Nurturing Relationships’. Some of the many activities the boys said they have engaged in include circle time discussions, a class web and wall display, role plays about honesty and owning up to mistakes, games, an assembly presentation, and they’ve unpacked Bible verses to explore the power of our words and how our words affect others…Well done to Churchie students and staff for your inspiring work and thank you for letting me know what you’ve done. I’d love to hear from other schools and how you are exploring Nurturing Relationships. Please drop me an email or a letter to let me know,” says Archbishop Phillip Aspinall


A Queensland army chaplain’s war-time diary

“Due to a generous donation of records and materials to the Records and Archives Centre, particularly a detailed diary of his time spent at the Front in the First World War, one war-time Chaplain stands out – The Rev’d Canon Cecil Edwards,” says Archives Researcher Adrian Gibb


Dedicated staff member lovingly crafts new cross

A new processional cross has been lovingly crafted by a long-serving staff member and is modelled on the symbol-rich cross of the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent who founded the school over 125 years ago