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Chaplaincy: Defence Forces

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) chaplain is a `missionary’ sent out from the Church to minister in the name of Jesus wherever and whenever opportunities arise. It can be an adventurous ministry testing the chaplain’s spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical resources. The chaplain aims to be a bridge between both individuals and Jesus, and the Anglican Church and the enveloping society.

This chaplaincy is a ministry encompassing sacramental, pastoral, evangelistic, vocational, instructional and administrative duties, in which the chaplain lives with and shares the hardships and privileges of uniformed people posted around the country and abroad.

Anglican Defence Force Chaplaincy
is a vital work among the nation’s youth, a significant national ministry, and an important outreach to Australia’s regional neighbours.

The Reverend Brad Galvin

Army Reserve



Navy Reserve




RAAF Reserve
The Reverend Jean-Pierre Schroeder

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Navy Chaplaincy

This is the role for which I was born. I love it every day. I am grateful that God has called me to serve the people of the Royal Australian Navy as a Chaplain.

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Religion in the Australian Defence Force

The new agreement recognises that the religious, spiritual and pastoral needs of all ADF members is a matter of the highest importance.

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