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Chaplaincy

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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

Reflections Reflections

Hop n Hymns: from Toowoomba to Thargomindah

“Many of the connections we made on our recent trip will continue and will give birth to new connections for a long time to come. One person we met told us their relative was in hospital in Toowoomba 1000 km away from home and family, and we were able to organise someone from our Ecumenical pastoral care team to visit them the very next day,” says hospital chaplain and St Bart’s, Toowoomba parishioner Jodie O’Shannassy

Homilies & Addresses

Defence Sunday 2020 homily

“Veterans long for the love of family, friends, mates, communities and even our nation, but true healing only comes from the love of God…In the decades since I last went to war, I have worked with those wounded in body, mind and spirit. They long for thanks, respect and love. And, when our love is God’s love, it heals a multitude of invisible wounds,” says Archdeacon to the Australian Army, The Ven. Rob Sutherland in this Defence Sunday homily

Reflections

Dispatch from a Defence Force and community chaplain

“My chaplaincy ministry is not always eventful, but it is always meaningful. In chaplaincy roles there are often big stories to tell and I have my own share of these… But chaplaincy isn’t always about the ‘eventful’,” says Air Force and community chaplain, Michelle Philp

Reflections

Being Jesus’ hands and feet in our hospitals

“Although we mostly visit Anglicans, there are some regulars  – ‘frequent flyers’, we call them – who benefit from visits, as we walk alongside them on their journey of treatment. The people I feel who get the most from hospital chaplaincy are those who have left their faith behind at some point in their lives,” says retiring Hospital Chaplain and cancer survivor Judy Burt