The tradition of chaplaincy within the organisation stems from the Brotherhood’s founder, Anglican priest, Father Gerard Tucker. He believed that ministry should draw on and support people of diverse religious and cultural traditions, including those without any religious affiliation.

Chaplaincy at the Brotherhood today takes an inclusive approach, mindful that spirituality can mean different things to different people. For some, spirituality will be embedded in the practice of their religious faith, while for others it may be experienced through such things as being in the natural environment, expressions of generous humanity or a sense of mindfulness.

Led by Anglican laywoman, Debra Saffrey-Collins, the Chaplaincy team provides pastoral care and support for people’s spiritual needs, and fosters the organisation’s commitment to an Australia free of poverty. As a priority, Chaplaincy supports the staff and volunteers of the organisation. Chaplaincy also has a special role in the care of those in our Aged Care facilities and programs.

Photo: The Chaplaincy Team – Father Don, Debra and Michelle.

Parish partnerships

The role of the Coordinator for Parish Partnerships in the Diocese of Melbourne, jointly supported by the Brotherhood, the Diocese of Melbourne and Anglicare Victoria, brings together community agencies and parishes as partners to engage with local communities.

Led by the Chaplaincy team, we seek to build relationships through mutual respect and interest with Anglican parishes where people are concerned to care for their neighbours, and to be compassionate and active in bringing about change.

The Good Neighbour Project in particular supports parishes in this work. Please contact Debra for more information if you would like your parish to participate.

Gerard Tucker Oration

The Gerard Tucker Oration is held each year in Melbourne at Christ Church South Yarra.  It celebrates and give thanks for the work of the Brotherhood over the past year and recognises the legacy of our founder, Father Gerard Kennedy Tucker, who was born in the vicarage in Christ Church in 1885.

Delivering the 2018 Gerard Tucker Oration. Archbishop Freier, Chair of the Brotherhood Board and Archbishop of Melbourne quoted Tucker’s nephew David Scott, who said; ‘The Brotherhood is called to be the ‘pace-setter and standard-setter’ of the new skills and approaches that new conditions of disadvantage throw up in society.’

‘In our contemporary era it is common for community service organisations to reference the Christian Church as they speak about their origins. It is plain to me that this would not do for Tucker or Scott. For them, and I hope for us, the work of the Church and the work of the Brotherhood is one.’ Archbishop Freier said.

The most recent Oration entitled ‘85 Years of the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne’ was delivered on Sunday, 19 August 2018.

Read the 2018 oration (PDF, 433KB) »

To see previous orations visit the Tucker Oration page.

Contact us

Brotherhood of St Laurence Chaplaincy
67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065

Debra Saffrey-Collins
Head, Chaplaincy and Diocesan Partnerships
Phone: (03) 9483 1110

Phone: 0407 315 643
Email: dsaffrey-collins(at)

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

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