St Paul’s has gone green: new LED lights

St Paul’s Cathedral has gone green by putting further steps in place to develop its sustainability program. After eighteen months of planning and testing a new LED lightglobe, the Cathedral has introduced sustainable lights throughout St Paul’s.

The new lights will be formally launched by the Archbishop and Dean, in the presence of the Deputy Lord Mayor and the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, on Friday 26 June 2015 at 2.00pm. The costs for this project have been met in part by funds raised at last year’s Fiat lux Cathedral Dinner, and by a ‘Sustainable landmarks’ grant from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

The new globes have cut the Cathedral’s carbon emissions by a third: the new lights have reduced the Cathedral’s energy output from 100 watts per globe to 14.5 watts per globe while retaining the same level of light output (or lumens) and the same warm colour. St Paul’s anticipates a lifespan of between five to seven years for each light globe, which means an overall reduction in maintenance costs. The globes use far lower energy outputs which has led to an overall reduction in the Cathedral’s carbon footprint by 30%.

Archbishop Philip Freier said: “We have many things that we can do at a local level to reduce the amount of energy we consume and the amount of carbon emissions we produce. It is a pleasure to see such leadership from St Paul’s Cathedral. It might sound like a simple thing to replace all incandescent bulbs with LED lighting, but it makes a big difference. Thank you for your partnership in ensuring that this heritage icon in the heart of the city of Melbourne makes both a statement and a contribution towards our joint efforts in reducing the carbon footprint. Let’s move together along the road to sustainable progress.”

Dean Andreas Loewe said: “I am very thankful indeed to our supporters at St Paul’s and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, who have enabled us to introduce these important sustainability measures, and to make sure that we can be a ‘green’ Cathedral and a model to other churches. Thank you for helping us to conserve our environment and so help save our planet.”

St Paul’s is hoping to assist other landmark buildings in the City of Melbourne and churches in the Diocese of Melbourne to go green by reducing their carbon footprint. Dean Andreas explained: “We are delighted to be able advise other instutions how to implement energy efficiencies by replacing their current lights with new lower energy lights. In this way, we can all conserve energy and resources, and together can make a significant contribution to preserving God’s creation.”

Image: Archbishop Freier and Dean Loewe with three of the old lights replaced by a single energy efficient light. View hi-res copies here:


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New Canons for St Pauls

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.

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Let’s Fully Welcome Refugees

On Thursday, 8 August, St Paul's Cathedral launched an awareness campaign to encourage Melburnians to welcome refugees, as part of which a 23-foot banner was installed on the Cathedral's South-West spire. See how the banner was unfurled here. Hear what The Dean of Melbourne, the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, told SBS Radio (click for an audio link here).

Dean Loewe said: 'Looking out for those who are less well off than we are stands at the heart of the Christian Gospel. Jesus' command, "what you have done to the least of these my brothers and sisters you have done to me" extends to displaced persons and refugees. This is why St Paul's Cathedral and the Brotherhood of St Laurence have joined in partnership to promote a full welcome to refugees’.

Dean Loewe explained: ‘St Paul's Cathedral has launched this awareness campaign because we already work with Asylum seekers and refugees. We exercise a ministry of welcome to them through our successful English as a Second Language Programs. Twice a week recent arrivals to our shores meet at St Paul's. Our program enables them not only to improve their understanding of Australia and English, but also provides a platform for them to share their stories of past hardship, and to give voice to their hope for a better future. All hope to become fully integrated members of our society, committed to life in Australia.’

Australia is uniquely placed to become a truly diverse and welcoming society. Dean Loewe concluded: 'For us, fully welcoming refugees, means building on our success as a nation to provide a new home, a new beginning for people from all sorts of backgrounds. Our awareness campaign invites fellow Melburnians to consider how we, as Australians and recent arrivals, can ensure that ours is indeed a nation where 'for those who've come across the seas, we've countless plains to share".'

Poster versions of the Cathedral banner are available for download and display here. A statement from the Cathedral's Chapter Bishop, the Rt Revd Philip Huggins (Bishop of the North-West Region in the Diocese of Melbourne) on offshore processing can be found here.