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.
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.
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.
To see previous orations visit the Tucker Oration page.
Brotherhood of St Laurence Chaplaincy
67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065