New Canon Pastor
At the recent Chapter meeting on 3 December, the Revd Dr Ruth Redpath AO, was appointed a Minor Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral. Ruth has devoted more than half of her ordained ministry at St Paul’s: from February 2012-April 2013, she served as Acting Precentor, a role she fulfilled exemplarily at a time of significant transition between key appointments.
Ruth is a medical doctor by background: following her medical training, Ruth worked as a Consultant Radiation Oncologist at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London. A member of All Souls’ Church Langham Place, Ruth was confirmed an Anglican in 1969. At All Souls’ she served on the Parochial Church Council from 1969-82, and led the team responsible for the pastoring and integration into the congregation of the many overseas students and assisted in leading worship.
On her return to Melbourne in 1982, Ruth worked as a Palliative Care Physician, and advised Government on Policy Development and Funding for Palliative Care Services. From 1990-2005, Ruth was a member of the Board of Cancer Council Victoria, serving as President of the Board from 1998-2005.
In 2003, Ruth was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for service to the community in the initiation and establishment of palliative care services in Australia, as an educator in the field of professional practice, and as an advocate for improved services.
Since April this year, Ruth has been the cleric responsible for coordinating the Cathedral’s Pastoral Care. It is only appropriate that Chapter resolved that she should be known as ‘Canon Pastor’. Congratulations, Canon Pastor Ruth, and thank you for your ministry here at St Paul’s!
New Lay Canon
On 4 October, the Archbishop invited Mr Richard Tudor OAM, outgoing head of our Choir School, Trinity Grammar School Kew , to become a lay Canon of St Paul’s. I am delighted that on 8 November, Rick Tudor accepted the Archbishop’s invitation. An installation date will be arranged. Rick will be occupying the Chapter stall named after Bishop Perry, vacated by the retirement from Chapter of Ms Noelene Horton AM.
Rick has held the position of Headmaster of Trinity Grammar since 1999. Previously he was Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School of Melbourne Grammar School, and Headmaster of Beaconhills College. He contributed to educational development through involvement in the Association of Heads of Independent Schools, the Council of the Centre for Strategic Education and the Anglican Co-ordinating Committee on Education. He is currently Chair of the Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria, is a member of the Melbourne Anglican Foundation, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Conoco Phillips Science Experience, and previously a member of the Ethics Committee at the Royal Women’s Hospital.
He is Chair of the Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria, is a member of the Melbourne Anglican Foundation, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the ConocoPhillips Science Experience, and a Member of VRQA. He previously was a member of the Ethics Committee at the Royal Women’s Hospital. We are delighted that he has joined our Chapter.