The Revd Dr Lucy Morris | Diocesan Secretary, Diocese of Bunbury
The Christmas festivities around the Diocese of Bunbury was a time of great joy with communities gathering from near and far to celebrate the birth of Jesus and worship together. Some of our remote rural communities meet and celebrate in spite of difficult circumstances. For many farmers, the potential for fire following on from the long drought is very real, so the celebrations also carried their own deep prayers for help and support; and for new life.
Over the last few weeks, many churches have been holding special services to pray for rain, to heal the land, to end the fires and drought for those living over east and locally. There is much grief at the ravages to the land and the deaths of fire fighters, livestock and wild animals and the significant loss of property and livelihoods. St Boniface Cathedral held its own prayer service in early January as people around Bunbury gathered to pray for rain and healing.
The Diocese is also busy picking up the demands of the new year. The diocesan team moved into its new office over the Christmas break and work is back to normal. An open day is being planned for the general community; and, a formal opening and blessing will be taking place in late February. The open plan office has archiving facilities, a storage compactus, a conference room for training and easy access for everyone which is transformational and adds to the Cathedral precinct.
The Bunbury diocese has also been selected with several other Anglican dioceses across Australia to undergo its first independent Safe Church audit. This is part of the Church’s commitment to and compliance with the Safe Ministry to Children Canon 2017 and with its own QA system. This audit is now underway.
The Diocese also currently has full time Priest-in-Charge vacancies in the two Parishes of Dunsborough and Busselton and a part time position in the Parish of Collie. If you are interested and would like more details, please contact The Ven Julie Baker through the Diocesan Office on 08 9721 2100.