About chaplaincy at the Brotherhood
In its broadest view, chaplaincy at the Brotherhood has historically had a priestly (Anglican) purpose. The role has involved supporting staff and clients with pastoral care and sacramental ministry such as Holy Communion, baptism, marriage celebrations and funerals.
The tradition of appointing an Anglican priest to the organisation stems back to the Brotherhood’s founder, Father Gerard Tucker, who was an Anglican priest. Father Tucker believed that to meet the needs of those requiring the Brotherhood’s assistance, Anglican priestly ministry must draw on and support people of diverse religious and cultural traditions, including those without any religious affiliation. Consequently, chaplaincy at the Brotherhood has always been characterised by an inclusive and broad approach. Today it also seeks to play a holistic role as observer, reflector, and enabler.
At the very essence of the chaplaincy team’s approach is the understanding that while the Brotherhood provides practical care, community support and social advocacy for people in need, it is not just influencing the material wellbeing of the person, but also recognising and nourishing the person’s ‘inner self’, as well as a sense of place. Therefore, the role of the Chaplain is to support and encourage everyone at the Brotherhood to see they have a role to play in addressing the spiritual needs of the organisation’s clients and each other.
The diverse activities undertaken by our chaplaincy team include:
- talking to Brotherhood clients and staff about a pastoral care or spiritual issues
- helping clients and staff reflect on and celebrate civic or religious events – these may include milestones such as a program anniversaries, launches of new programs and sites, calendar events such as Volunteer Week and Mental Health Week, and major celebrations in our cathedral church, St Paul’s, Melbourne.
- developing ongoing workshops to equip staff with strategies for enriching the spiritual welfare of one another and clients through listening, reflection and celebration
- performing sacramental and pastoral services such as weddings, baptisms and funerals.
Teaching young people about the issues of poverty, disadvantage, social inequality and injustice is crucial in engaging, motivating and inspiring the next generation to become involved in tackling these issues. We are currently running two schools engagement programs for secondary school students.
Our Urban Camp is a three-day inner-city camp that allows secondary school students to discover the reasons for poverty and disadvantage first-hand.
Our Telling the Story program provides opportunities for secondary students to spend time with some of the Brotherhood’s disadvantaged aged-care residents.
This program provides opportunities for secondary students to spend time with some of the Brotherhood’s disadvantaged clients and to teach them how to use their mobile phones.
Brotherhood of St Laurence
67 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy Vic. 3065
Father Jeff O’Hare
Phone: (03) 9483 1367
Mobile: 0406 384 151
Chaplain Debra Saffrey Collins
Phone: (03) 9483 1110
Mobile: 0407 315 643
Phone: (03) 9483 1110
Mobile: 0403 709 180
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