Here we worship God in Eucharistic-centred worship, with all the rich liturgy and symbolism that the tradition of the Anglican Church offers, using both time-honoured and contemporary music, enjoying liturgy that is both creative and traditional, and being intentional in our care for those in need and for the environment.
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which the Church of the Ascension is built.
Locum Priest: Fr Walter McEntee
Office: (03) 9802 4863; firstname.lastname@example.org;
378 Blackburn Rd, Burwood East, 3151; corner of Blackburn Rd and Witchwood Cres.
New Priest Announced for Ascension
The incumbency committee, comprising Lyn Wilson, Christine Youings & Ron McKenzie, is pleased to announce that the Archbishop, Dr. Philip Freier has confirmed that he has accepted an appointment for the Church of the Ascension.
However, the new incumbent, although Australian, is currently in ministry overseas and has been for a number of years; the result of this means that final clearances are taking longer than usual for the requirements of Professional Standards and Police checks; therefore we cannot confirm his name until they come thorough which we trust will not be long in coming.
In the meantime, the diocese has received his Bishop’s letter of good standing and so we hope to give his name and other details ASAP
The commissioning is planned for Wednesday, 5th August 2015 at 7pm. Our new incumbent has a rich Anglo Catholic tradition and has an
excellent CV; we are sure that he will lead our parish well for the next years.
The incumbency committee formally met with the Regional Bishop and the committee appointed by the diocese on the 21st December 2013 to commence the process.
We considered numerous applications from Melbourne, New Zealand, England and Hong Kong and we conducted five face to face interviews, including the English, Hong Kong and New Zealand applicants. We
‘Skype’ interviewed applicants in England and in Hong Kong.
We took advantage of social media Facebook and YouTube, during our process. Social media can be a both a positive and negative and we would recommend thinking before placing posts on these media as one never knows who is watching! we certainly were!
The process involved many meetings, phone calls and emails between ourselves, numerous “encouraging” meetings with Bishop Barbara and later Bishop Philip Huggins, before finally agreeing on a person we believe has the qualities to lead our parish into the future.
This appointment although yet to be named, means the work of the incumbency committee formally ends and we are ready to lay aside this responsibility which we have prayerfully and faithfully exercised for the parish.
The incumbency committee thanks the parish for their ongoing prayers and words of support, encouragement and patience. We also thank our families for their patience and understanding during the many hours we spent meeting together, the phone conversations and the endless stream of emails between the group.
Yesterday we informed Fr Walter of the Archbishops decision. Making this announcement causes us some sadness, as now we can only enjoy the wonderful leadership, love and ministry of Fr. Walter for another month.
More will be said about celebrations of Walter’s ministry here. But for now, we will continue to be led by our dear shepherd, Walter, as he prepares us for the next step in the life of our parish.
Until the induction in August, all communication to do with the new incumbent will be via the churchwardens as prescribed in the “Procedures for appointment of a Priest”.