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New Canon for St Paul’s: Professor Avril Brereton

On Tuesday, 7 August, Bishop Genieve Blackwell licensed Associate Professor Avril Brereton as a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral. During Choral Evensong, Dean Andreas Loewe installed Canon Brereton in the Chapter stall of Charles Perry.

Professor Brereton is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. She has worked in the field of autism for over thirty years in a variety of settings. Her  research and teaching interests focuses on the area of developmental psychiatry with a particular emphasis on Pervasive Developmental Disorders. She provides consultation to community health, education and welfare agencies and educational workshops for parents and professionals.

Canon Brereton is married to Professor Bruce Tonge, and her daughter, the Revd Emily Fraser, is Chaplain of our Girls’ Choir School, Lowther Hall, and an associate priest of the Cathedral. Avril and Bruce are members of St Paul’s Cathedral, where she is a reader and intercessor.

Dean Andreas said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to welcome Avril to Chapter. She brings with her significant expertise in education and training, philanthropy and community building, and is also a member of our congregation. Avril will contribute her expert knowledge and her personal insights into the life of our congregations to the Governing Body of our Cathedral. We wish her every blessing as she takes up her new responsibilities’.


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Australian Deans reflect on resilience and wellbeing, call for prayer for rain in NSW and Queensland

The annual Cathedral Anglican Deans Conference met at St Andrew’s Cathedral Sydney from 2-6 August, hosted by the Dean of Sydney, the Very Revd Kanishka Raffel. Nineteen Deans from across Australia shared in worship and study, and were delighted to join in Sunday worship with the congregations of St Andrew’s Cathedral, and gave thanks the rich musical life of the Cathedral. Deans welcomed the Very Revd Elizabeth Dyke (Bendigo) and the Very Revd James Hodson (Bathurst) to their first conference. ‘I was looking forward to meeting my peers, to learn from their experience and to hear their wisdom’, Dean Elizabeth said, ‘I have been more than encouraged over these last few days’.

Resilience and Spiritual Wellbeing

Together the Deans reflected theologically on prayer and mission, resilience and spiritual wellbeing. ‘The Deans’ Conference provides a unique opportunity for the leaders of Cathedral ministry in Australia to meet, study and pray with one another. It forms an important part of maintaining “sustainable sacrifice” in the privileged but demanding context of ministry through Cathedrals’, the conference host the Very Revd Kanishka Raffel reflected.

Led by Archdeacon for Women’s Ministry in Sydney Diocese, the Venerable Kara Hartley, and organisational psychologist Kirsty Bucknell (Visiting Fellow UNSW) reflected together on the challenges of ministry burnout, and proactively fostering resilience and spiritual wellbeing, for their demanding roles. Dean Kanishka explained: ‘Archdeacon Kara and psychologist Kirsty brought a timely reminder of the “resources for wellbeing” that are intrinsic to living as a Christian, including practising thankfulness, forgiveness and “sabbath rest”.’

Growth in Children’s Ministry

Following their theological reflection on ministry to children and young people at their 2017 conference at St Paul’s Cathedral Bendigo, Deans were encouraged to hear about the growth of children’s ministries in Cathedrals across Australia. Dean James Hodson (Bathurst) reported significant expansion of the Cathedral’s outreach to young families, many of whom first came to All Saints’ Cathedral to seek baptism and experienced a welcoming community with child-friendly worship. Dean Susanna Pain (Sale) reported on the growth of Messy Church, and Dean Ken Goodger (Wangaratta) on ministry through their children’s playgroup, and the beneficial effects that those initiatives had on their Cathedrals’ ministry to young people.

Responding to Drought

The Deans of Armidale, Brisbane and Newcastle reported on the adverse effects of the severe drought in rural New South Wales and South Queensland on farming communities. Dean Chris Brennan (Armidale) reported: ‘The drought in New South Wales and Queensland is unusual in both its severity and suddenness of onset. Our rural communities are truly struggling and greatly in need of rain. They need our prayer: both for those on the land, and for those businesses and communities reliant on the rural sector’. Deans reflected on the impact of Climate Change, heard about Anglican Communion-wide initiatives to encourage safeguarding of creation, and Darwin Cathedral’s work with Aboriginal leaders in responding to Climate Change.

Deans shared in intentional prayer for rain with the Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Revd Dr Glenn Davies, and the congregations of St Andrew’s, and invite people across Australia to pray for an end to the drought. The following prayer, written by Archbishop Davies, was used at the conference and at St Andrew’s Cathedral:

Our heavenly Father, we acknowledge our ingratitude when we have taken your goodness for granted, when the heaven has poured forth rain and the earth has produced its fruit. Yet now we cry to you for help, as the drought in New South Wales and Queensland deepens. Have mercy on our land; have mercy on the people of the land. May your bountiful hand send forth rain upon our parched earth. Fulfil your promises that while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest shall not cease, so that those in remote and rural areas may find relief from their distress and glorify your name for the provision of their needs. We ask this in the name of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Other suitable prayers may be found in A Prayer Book for Australia (p. 205) andAn Australian Prayer Book (p. 92).

The national Deans Conference will next meet in August 2019 at St John’s Cathedral Brisbane, as guests of the Senior Dean of Australia, the Very Revd Dr Peter Catt.

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Dean preaches at the ‘other’ St Paul’s

Last Sunday evening, Dean Andreas was invited to preach at Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Drawing from the Book of Romans, the Dean spoke about the importance of Christian unity despite differences of culture and practice, as well as highlighting our refugee advocacy and work towards indigenous recognition as examples of Paul’s call to  ‘extend hospitality to strangers’ and ‘love one another with mutual affection’.

He also drew attention to the many links between the two St Paul’s Cathedrals, both historic and present-day.

You can listen to a recording of the sermon, or read the text here.

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Hiroshima Peace Day Service

At the 10.30am service on Sunday 5 August, we will mark the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima with a special Peace Day commemoration.

The service will be attended by Representatives from the Japanese Consulate and the Melbourne Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) Chapter who will provide beautiful  floral arrangements to commemorate the occasion.

Members of the Japanese community in Melbourne, and all who are committed to working for peace, are warmly invited to attend.

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Annual Report 2017

On 5 June 2018, the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral formally adopted the 2017 Annual Report. The report gives insights into the many events, activities, initiatives and ministries conducted by the Cathedral. Colleagues, ministries, and volunteers of the Cathedral have each contributed reflections on the past year. It is available to read online. Copies of the audited accounts can be obtained from the Cathedral Administrator on request.

A copy of the Annual Report can be downloaded as a .pdf here. Hard copies will be available from the Cathedral from 1 July 2018.

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Patronal Festival

Sunday 1st July, 2018

We will again celebrate our Patronal Festival with a combined Festive Choral Eucharist at 10.00am (only service that morning) to which all are invited. Our Annual General Meeting will follow the service and commence at 11.15am, followed by the Patronal Festival Lunch will 12.30pm in the Barbara Darling Room.

Bookings have now closed for the Lunch. Please contact events@stpaulscathedral.org.au or phone 9653 4210 if you missed out and would like to come.

A Provincial Festive Choral Evensong will be held at 6.00pm. Archdeacon Philip Muston from the Gippsland Diocese will be the preacher.

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How to Read The Bible

Ever struggle to understand what you are reading in the Bible?
Ever wonder about how to interpret and apply God’s word?

Beginning Sunday 27th May at 12.00pm ‘How to Read the Bible’ provides, over 3 sessions, an opportunity to consider these questions and more. These sessions will be led by the Canon Precentor, The Revd Canon Heather Patacca.

Contact events@stpaulscathedral.org.au to register.


Yakama Yapaneyepuk Exhibition

St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne with Kaiela Arts Shepparton presents –
Works by Aboriginal artists from Kaiela Arts

Artists from Kaiela Arts Shepparton have collaborated with St Paul’s Cathedral Artist-in-Residence Sean Whittaker. This exhibition features the outcome of the collaboration and responds to the concept of ‘Coming Together’

Exhibition: Open Daily 26 May – 22 June (Free Admission)
Location: The Transept Gallery – St Paul’s Cathedral
Cnr Flinders St and Swanston St, Melbourne VIC

Image Acknowledgement:

Amanda Ormiston: Sand Painting
Tammy-Lee Atkinson: Totems
St Paul’s Cathedral stained glass door detail

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Mothers’ Day Classic – Road Closures

Please note that next Sunday 13 May, there will be a number of road closures for those approaching the Cathedral from the South West of the CBD, due to the Mother’s Day Classic fun run. Fortunately, access to the Cathedral will not be directly impacted, but if you are concerned that your route may be affected, do check this summary of road closures.