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‘Danube & Beyond’ Exhibition

This February, the Cathedral is delighted to be hosting ‘Danube & Beyond’, an exhibition of watercolours by associate priest Fr Ray McInnes, painted during a river cruise through central Europe in 2018.

All are invited to attend the exhibition opening at 12pm on Sunday 17 February (immediately following the 10.30am Choral Eucharist).

Limited edition paintings and prints will be for sale, with proceeds going towards the upcoming appointment of a Canon Missioner for St Paul’s Cathedral.

Drinks and nibbles will be provided – please RSVP to Fr Ray by 11 February, for catering purposes.

‘Danube & Beyond’ will be on display in the Cathedral’s Transept Gallery until Easter.


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Early Closure on Sunday 30 December, normal opening on New Year’s Eve and Day


First Sunday of Christmas, Sunday 30 December

8.00am – BCP Holy Communion
9.00am – Family-style Sung Eucharist with Baptism
10.30am – Choral Eucharist
No Evening Service. The Cathedral will close at 3pm.

Equipment for the Melbourne New Year’s Eve celebrations will begin being set up in our carpark and around the cathedral building during this afternoon. Due to this restricted access there will be no 6pm Service on Sunday 30 December, and the Cathedral will close at 3pm that day

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

On New Year’s Day (Monday 1 January) the Cathedral will be open from 11am-3pm, with the lunchtime Eucharist occurring at 12.15pm as usual.

Terms and Conditions of Entry

For the comfort, safety and enjoyment of all attending St Paul’s Cathedral, please note the following Conditions of Entry:

  • Cathedral Staff (or its representatives) reserve the right to manage access to the Cathedral via screening equipment/checks, including bag searches.
  • Cathedral Staff (or its representatives) reserve the right to inspect any bag and/or articles of clothing for the following prohibited items:
    • alcohol
    • illegal substances including controlled, dangerous or illicit drugs
    • opened drink containers, including tea and coffee
    • cans/glass
    • musical instruments
    • whistles
    • unauthorised temporary signage and promotional products
    • flags/banners with handles
    • fireworks/flares/laser lights/smoke generators
    • firearms, explosives, chemical, radioactive or biological substances
    • chairs/stools
    • rollerblades/skates, skateboards, scooters or bicycles
    • animals (other than guide/assistance dogs)
    • professional cameras, audio recording equipment, video cameras or tripods
    • any large item that cannot be placed under a seat
    • any other item that in the opinion of management could cause harm or public nuisance
  • The carriage and operation of drones (or any such aircraft) on Cathedral premises is strictly prohibited.
  • Umbrellas are permitted inside the Cathedral, however, cannot be opened within the building.
  • Prams, pushers, bags and other belongings are permitted into the Cathedral, however, must be able to fit safely under a pew or seat without impeding access.
  • Alcoholic beverages must not be taken into the Cathedral.
  • Alcohol may not be consumed on Cathedral Property.
  • St Paul’s is a smoke-free venue – smoking (including the use of e-cigarettes) is not permitted on the Cathedral precinct.
  • Worshippers and visitors are admitted to the Cathedral at their own risk. St Paul’s will not be held responsible for any damages to, loss or theft of personal property nor for any other loss, damage or injury suffered by any worshipper or visitor, whether in contract, tort or statutory liability to the full extent permitted by law.
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Ordination of Priests – 24 November 2018

We are delighted that Archbishop Philip Freier will be ordaining 23 candidates as Priests in the Church of God at St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday 24 November at 10.30am. The preacher will be the Rt Revd Lindsay Urwin OGS, Vicar of Christ Church Brunswick, who has led the ordinands’ retreat over the past few days. We wish all the ordinands every blessing in this new stage of their ministry.

All are welcome to attend, but for those unable to be here in person, a live stream of the service will be available on our Facebook page, from 10.20am AEDT, Saturday 24 November. If your timezone makes live streaming impractical, you can also replay the service at a later time via the same link. If you would like to follow along with the order of service, a copy can be downloaded below:

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New Canon Missioner for St Paul’s

The Cathedral Chapter have elected the Revd Canon Robert Yee Hin Vun as the inaugural Canon Missioner of St Paul’s Cathedral. Canon Vun currently is the Vicar of St Matthias’ Church, North Richmond and the Coordinator of Chinese Ministries in the Diocese of Melbourne. For almost 12 years, Robert has been a member of the Cathedral Chapter. Robert is married to Ruth, who volunteers with our English as a Second Language program and as a Cathedral guide.

Robert brings with him extensive knowledge of ministry in a cross-cultural setting, including ministry in Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka and Bahasa. Robert said: ‘It is with delight and also with great humility that I accept God’s call to my new role as the Canon Missioner. I covet your prayers and support as I embark on this heavy responsibility by faith in our Almighty God’.

Canon Robert is passionate about reaching out to the people of Melbourne and those visiting our Cathedral: ‘It is my passion to evangelise, disciple and multiply disciple makers to do the same’, Canon Robert explained: ‘This, to me is making the gospel fully known to everyone – from the unchurched to church leaders’.

Reflecting on his new responsibilities, Canon Robert said: ‘This is a pivotal post that enhances and enriches the life and witness of the Cathedral in multiple ways. I look forward to facilitating the effectiveness of the Cathedral in its outreach, discipleship and growing of leaders’.

Dean of Melbourne, the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, said: ‘We are delighted that Canon Robert is joining our team as the inaugural Canon Missioner. Robert’s gifts will enable him to build connections with those who live, work and study in our great multicultural city, and equip our existing members to share in this ministry and mission. We look forward to welcoming Robert, and his wife Ruth, to the Cathedral family in this new role’.

Canon Vun will take up his appointment as Canon Missioner on 31 March 2019. On taking up his appointment, he will relinquish his governance responsibilities on Chapter and become a Cathedral Canon instead. In addition to his duties, he will remain a reserve Defence Force Chaplain with the Melbourne University Regiment.


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‘Not a Creature was Stirring’: Refugee installation comes to St Paul’s for Christmas

A Christmas tree made from the life-jackets of Syrian children is shown at St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne this festive season as a reminder of the plight of refugees the world over. Archibald-prize winning artist Ben Quilty and Mirra Whale created the 12-foot tree from hundreds of child-sized life-jackets abandoned on the beaches of Lesbos.

The Dean of Melbourne, the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, said: “Ben Quilty’s sculpture, Not a creature was stirring, is a powerful reflection on the human cost of war and conflict. The hi-vis Christmas tree at the entrance of our Cathedral is a reminder that Jesus and his family became refugees almost immediately after his birth. It is an invitation to us to open our hearts to help people displaced by war and conflict.”

During the height of the Syrian civil war hundreds of refugees daily undertook the journey from Turkey to the European Union by boat. Overcrowded vessels, unsafe flotation devices and insufficient coastguard provision made crossing the Eastern Aegean perilous. The pile of life-jackets left on the beaches became a symbol of a safe crossing.

Loewe grew up on the coast of South Wales and was involved in the UK lifeboat service there. “I remember what it’s like to pull people of the freezing water, often by their life-jackets,” he explained. “And so when we were approached by a private collector asking whether we would host the life-jacket Christmas tree, I immediately said yes”.

Dean Loewe said: “At the height of the Lesbos boat arrivals, one of my friends from UWC Atlantic College, Robin Jenkins, brought a UK lifeboat to Lesbos. Robin joined Greek coastguards to help save refugees from drowning. Their success is reflected in this sculpture: Ben’s tree of life-jackets is a sign what it means to be saved – literally being snatched from death to be given a new life.”

Quilty’s sculpture is displayed alongside images drawn by Syrian refugee children. Travelling to refugee camps in Northern Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan at the invitation of aid agency World Vision International, Quilty worked with primary-school aged children to give voice to their story and their hopes.

St Paul’s Cathedral has been vocal in advocating for refugees for many years, and its successful outreach programs serve countless new migrants to Melbourne. Dean Loewe said: “Ben’s exhibitions bring the conflicts of distant places close to home. I hope that our Christmas exhibition will encourage Melburnians to share with us in making refugees welcome in our city and nation. I hope that any will join us in our advocacy and concern for those who have lost their homes, and who now need to build a new life in our nation”.

Quilty’s sculpture is on display at St Paul’s until February 2019.

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Remembrance Sunday Choral Eucharist

Choral Eucharist on the Centenary of Armistice Day
Sunday 11th November 10.30am

A traditional Eucharist with the Cathedral Choir with Act of Remembrance on the Corners of Flinders and Swanston Streets at 11am. Bishop Bradley Billings will preach, reflecting on the contributions of Aboriginal Australians to the ANZACs, and the accomplishments of Cathedral Canon, Sir Harry Chauvel, and Victorian, Sir John Monash, as part of the AIF Campaigns.

Services on Remembrance Sunday
8.00am BCP Holy Communion
9.00am Family Style Eucharist
10.30am Remembrance Sunday Choral Eucharist
6.00pm Choral Evensong

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Melbourne Diocesan Synod 17th-20th Oct

We pray for those who will gather in the Cathedral this week for the Melbourne Diocesan Synod (17-20 Oct)

Almighty and everliving God, give wisdom and understanding, to the members of the Synod of this Diocese: teach us in all things to seek first your honour and glory; may we perceive what is right have courage to pursue it and grace to accomplish it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Changes to Services Times during Synod:

Wednesday 17th October: 
No 5.10pm Evensong. 7.00pm Synod Opening Eucharist (All Welcome)

Thursday 18th October:
No 5.10pm Evensong. Synod Session will commence at 7pm with Evening Prayer

Friday 19th October:
No 5.10pm Evensong. Synod Session will commence at 7pm with Evening Prayer

Saturday 20th October:
No 10.00am Mandarin Service or 12.15 Eucharist.
Synod Business session will commence at 10am and conclude that afternoon.

Please note during Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday there will be limited access to the Cathedral for visiting.

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The Consecration of the Revd Kate Prowd

At 10.30 am on Saturday 6 October 2018, Archbishop Dr Philip Freier, assisted by Bishops from Australia and New Zealand will consecrate the Revd Kate Prowd as a Bishop in the Church of God. Kate will serve as Assistant Bishop for the Oodthenong Region in the Diocese of Melbourne.

All are welcome to join us for this occasion. Those unable to be part of the ceremony at St Paul’s may watch the live-stream on our Facebook page (click here) from 10.20am (AEST) on Saturday 6 October.

A copy of the order of service can be found here.

The Revd Kate Prowd was baptised and confirmed in the Melbourne Diocese. Half way through her tertiary studies Kate ventured on a year-long sojourn overseas that included a pilgrimage to Walsingham in the UK and the discernment of a vocation to full-time ministry. Kate returned to Australia, finished her arts degree and commenced a theological degree at Trinity College. She was ordained deacon (1986) and priest (1992) during years of intense debate over the ordination of women.  Kate served her first curacy at St. Stephen’s Mt. Waverley, and was associate priest in the parishes of St. Agnes’ Black Rock and Holy Trinity Hampton. She was the first school chaplain appointed at Christ Church Grammar School, and later served at Brighton Grammar. Whilst an associate priest, Kate completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology (2013). Her psychology work has included various positions (student health at university, hospital and private practice). Her most recent ministry position was as honorary associate at St. Stephen’s Gardenvale. Kate has combined her dual vocations as priest and psychologist working as an Examining Chaplain and conducting the psychological assessments for ordination aspirants.

Kate is married to Roger, also an Anglican priest. They have 3 daughters, Phoebe, Cordelia and Eleanor.

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The Diggers’ Requiem

The Diggers’ Requiem is a moving and beautiful Australian tribute to mark the end of World War One a century ago and is dedicated to the memory of our Defence Force personnel and civilian victims.  Including music written by seven of Australia’s finest living composers, this prelude concert will be performed in St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne on Wednesday, 26 September.  The Diggers’ Requiem was co-commissioned by the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Australian War Memorial, with the Brass concerts supported by the Australian Defence Force.

The concert will feature 12 works accompanied by projected historical imagery. These brass concerts have been written for trumpet, accordion, soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone, bagpipes and brass band and will be performed by leading soloists

The duration will be 80 minutes with no interval.

We welcome all Australians to join us for this special Brass tribute to those who sacrificed so much a century ago.

The Diggers’ Requiem
Wednesday 26 September, beginning at 7.00pm.
St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne