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My hairdresser call to the priesthood

“Sometimes going to the hairdresser can be unexpectedly life-changing. For about a year, people in my community had been urging me to explore a calling to ordained ministry. However, when my hairdresser, who is not religious, said, ‘You know what? You should become a priest!’, I knew I had to start paying attention,” says Melissa Conway, who is soon to be ordained a deacon and appointed as assistant curate at St James’, Toowoomba

The Rev'd Stephanie Frances leading the St Francis Day pet blessing service in the grounds of St Alban's, Maryvale in 2020
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Retired, really?

“The parish office in Warwick got a call leading up to Synod about the need for a funeral to be taken at All Saints’ Anglican Church in Texas. The grieving family could only gather on the Friday of Synod. This made it difficult for our four full-time ‘local’ clergy, as they were heading east for Synod, and Texas is a 300 kilometre round-trip west from Warwick,” says The Ven. Lizzie Gaitskell

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Who was ‘The Blessed’ Bishop John Oliver Feetham?

“In 1961, the Diocese of North Queensland decided to commemorate a man who, though he had died 14 years earlier, loomed large in the Anglican community in that region…He came to be known as ‘The Blessed’ John Oliver Feetham…and is commemorated on 15 September each year in A Prayer Book for Australia. His remarkable life and connection to our Diocese are certainly worth commemorating,” says Archives Researcher Adrian Gibb

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“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

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My vocation story: from Lost Boy to finding God in the desert

“The desert is a significant place where people can meet God. Even before Jesus, holy people used to withdraw themselves from their families and live in deserts to meet with God. I encountered God for the first time when I travelled the deserts and slept in deserts as a child – the desert is where my intimacy with him, before I became Christian, began,” says St Francis College formation student Mamuor Kunpeter, as Vocations Month continues