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The Diocese of Grafton

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The Rev’d Aunty Lenore Parker: NAIDOC Week 2023

“Bishop Arthur Malcolm [the first Aboriginal Bishop] took us out to Nungalinya College for praise and worship one Saturday evening; he took us out there and we had this great time, singing and dancing. The didgeridoo was playing, the clapsticks; that was when I saw the Scriptures were danced into the church being played by the didgeridoo and the clapsticks, and I saw that for the first time. I felt good, we all felt good and proud,” says The Rev’d Aunty Lenore Parker in this special “For our Elders” NAIDOC Week interview

Reflections The Rev'd Bruce Sligo Reflections

“For I know the plans I have for you”

“The only grandfather I knew was a poultry breeder and a gardener, based in Rosewood near Ipswich, as well as a shoemaker. He influenced me deeply. I loved assisting him with raising poultry when I was a boy. It was incredibly exciting. So I am keeping a small poultry flock – mainly Light Sussex – during my retirement,” says The Rev’d Bruce Sligo

"We have leased a warehouse in Grafton and received our first truckload of donated goods from Bishop Druitt College [pictured on 9 March 2022]. We will stockpile donations there for the time being until we can distribute to communities" (Dr Leon Ankersmit)

Anglicare North Coast: cleaning, feeding, clothing, housing and advocating in the aftermath of recent flooding

“Anglicare North Coast and Anglican parishes working together make a formidable team, combining knowledge, skill, resources and finances to make a real difference for households and communities in times of need,” says Anglicare North Coast CEO Dr Leon Ankersmit


The night the Northern Rivers went under

“I should have been on campus at The Southport School boarding, but I was on the family property in Alstonville, NSW, when the unprecedented flood event hit our region of the Northern Rivers. I had been sent home after testing positive to COVID-19, with no idea what was about to unfold,” says Year 12 TSS student Jack Thornton


Flood response: message from the Archbishop

“The community’s overwhelming response to the 2011 floods showed how south-east Queenslanders pull together at times such as this. So I again encourage members of our Diocesan family to offer a helping hand in the massive clean-up. Our faith communities are already showing the resilience and generosity that we have come to rely upon in such weather events,” says Archbishop Phillip Aspinall