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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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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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ANZCO NextGen Discover the Organ & Concert

Australian and New Zealand College of Organists
NextGen Discover the Organ & Concert
Sunday 26th August – 1.00pm to 4.00pm

1.00pm – 2.30pm: Grand Organ Discovery
Do you learn, or what to learn, the King of Instruments?
Free admission to meet and play the world-famous Grand Organ in St Paul’s Cathedral.

2.30pm – Gala NextGen Organ Concert on the Cathedral Organ
Featuring the next generation of Australian organists.
$20 admission at the door (includes program). All proceeds go to encourage these young artists as tomorrow’s leaders.

Proudly Support by the ANZCO (www.anzco.org) and St Paul’s Cathedral (www.cathedral.org.au)

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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.