‘Cathedral wins Raffel’ — New Dean installed at St. Andrew’s

kanishka-and-cailey-cathedral“After months of waiting, St Andrew’s Cathedral congregation has finally welcomed the new Dean of Sydney.

At an Installation Service at the Cathedral on Thursday, 4th February, the Rev Kanishka de Silva Raffel became the first non-European to hold the post…”

– Russell Powell has the story at SydneyAnglicans.net.

All ACL members will want to join in praying to Almighty God for Kanishka and Cailey in this new sphere of gospel service.

Merger proposal for Anglicare and ARV

dorothy-mowll“The Council of Anglicare Sydney and the Board of Anglican Retirement Villages (ARV) have decided to pursue a merger of the two organisations. …

A recommendation will be made to the Standing Committee of the Diocese at its March meeting and if approved, a merger of the two organisations would take effect from 1 July, 2016…”

– News from SydneyAnglicans.net.

(Picture: Mrs Dorothy Mowll, wife of Archbishop Howard Mowll. It was her vision which led to the founding of Mowll Village – the beginning of ARV – in 1959.)

Sydney mourns two leaders in Education

canon-stanley-kurrleWe are saddened to learn of the death of The Rev. Canon Stanley Kurrle OBE, sixteenth Headmaster of The King’s School. He died on Wednesday 20th January 2016, at the age of 93.

Canon Kurrle was Headmaster from 1965-1983.

In a message to the school community, the present Headmaster, Dr Timothy Hawkes, wrote,

“During his time at King’s Canon Kurrle was greatly respected for his pastoral care and educational leadership and was loved by his boys. He had the unique capacity to know and never forget his boys, a quality that greatly endeared him to all.”

Canon Kurrle was a long-standing member of the New Universities Colleges Council (NUCC) which founded New College at UNSW and Robert Menzies College at Macquarie University.

His funeral will be held at St. James’ Chapel, Mowll Village, Castle Hill at 11:00am on Friday 29th January.

News has also come of the death of Mr. Roderick West, Head at Trinity Grammar School 1975–1996.

Current Head Master, Milton Cujes, wrote in a message dated 25th January 2016:

“It is with regret that I inform you that we have learned that our much-loved former Head Master, Mr Roderick West AM, M.A.(Syd), B.D. (Lond.), Dip. Ed. (Syd.), F.A.C.E., died this morning. An outstanding teacher of the Classics, and an inspiring leader in Christian education. Mr West was Head Master at Trinity Grammar School from 1975 to July 1996. He was then appointed as interim Principal at Kambala Anglican Girls’ School at Rose Bay from May to December 1999.

Details regarding funeral arrangements will be communicated in due course.”

Many will give thanks for Rod West’s service in his capacity as a Trustee of Thomas Moore’s Estate. In addition, he was a valued member of the governing board of Moore College.

His funeral service will be held at the Trinity Grammar School Chapel, Prospect Road, Summer Hill on Friday 5th February 2016 at 11.00am, followed by morning tea. All clergy requested to robe.

Update: The Sydney Morning Herald has published a very fitting Obituary.

We give thanks to the Lord for these two brothers, and do not mourn as those do who have no hope. (1 Thessalonians 4:13.)

(Top photo: Canon Kurrle in 2014, courtesy of The King’s School.
Second photo: Rod West in 1994, courtesy of Trinity Grammar School, via Ramon Williams Worldwide Photos.)

Australia Day Honours 2016

Christine JensenIn the 2016 Australia Day Honours List, a number of Anglican Christians whom we know and love have been recognised. Included among them are:

Mrs Christine Jensen, who has been awarded Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia, “For service to the Anglican Church community in Sydney”, including her many years of encouragement to women of the Moore College family and through Mothers’ Union.

In 2010, Christine was interviewed for the In Tandem ministry wives’ blog. In it, she shares some excellent advice:

“Love Jesus, read your Bible, say your prayers and ‘do the good works he’s prepared for you to walk in’ (Ephesians 2:10)”.

Peter KellMr Peter Kell, has been appointed Member (AM) of the Order of Australia, “For significant service to the Anglican Church of Australia, to social welfare programs and delivery, and to the community of the Illawarra”.

Peter is well known through his many years of gospel-driven service, including as CEO of Anglicare Sydney, 2004-2011.

Our congratulations and best wishes go to them both, and to all who have been honoured.

Sydneyanglicans.net has more here.

(Photos courtesy Mothers’ Union Sydney and Anglicare Sydney.)

What they’re saying about Moore College

Here are four brief videos, with clips from Gerald Bray, Michael Horton, Kevin Vanhoozer and Jonathan Fletcher, sharing their impressions of Moore College.

Especially useful to pass on to anyone considering studying at Moore.

Another three videos below:

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Getting to know the new Dean of Sydney

Kanishka Raffel, Dean of SydneyKanishka Raffel has now begun as the Dean of Sydney – he will be installed as Dean on Thursday 4th February, at 7:00pm.

David Ould took the opportunity to speak with Kanishka at last week’s CMS Summer School at Katoomba (at which Kanishka spoke).

Topics in the conversation include:

Please be encouraged to pray for Kanishka in his new role.

nexus-conf-2016Also, Kanishka will be speaking at Nexus 16 on Monday 23rd May at Village Church Annandale.

Remembering John Reid

Phillip JensenPhillip Jensen, former Dean of Sydney, writes to give thanks for Bishop John Reid, “a great man of God who faithfully and lovingly stood for the truth of the Gospel”.

Here’s a taste –

Read it all here.

(Bishop Reid’s funeral will be held at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney, at 10:00am on Thursday 14th January.)

Nungalinya College vacancies

nungalinya-graduatesNungalinya College in Darwin is seeking to fill three vacancies. Perhaps you know (or are) the right person for one of them.

Either way, we are sure the College would be glad of your prayers. Details here.

Funeral of Bishop John Reid — 14th January

Bishop John Reid 1977, courtesy Ramon Williams, Worldwide Photos.The funeral of Bishop John Reid, who died on Saturday, will be held at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney, at 10:00am on Thursday 14th January 2016. Burial at St. Jude’s Randwick, at 2:00pm.

Details at The Sydney Morning Herald.

1977 photo of Bishop Reid courtesy Ramon Williams, Worldwide Photos.

With thanksgiving for Bishop John Reid

Bishop John Reid at St. George's Hurstville December 1986It has been announced that Bishop John Reid, Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Sydney, 1972–1993, has fallen asleep in Christ at the age of 87.

In a tribute posted at SydneyAnglicans.net, Archbishop Glenn Davies said that Bishop Reid,

“will be remembered for being an accomplished Bible teacher, an able administrator and a passionate evangelist. His abilities were internationally recognised through his involvement with the Lausanne Movement as chairman, as well as the missionary organisation Interserve.”

Bishop John Reid, 1981. Courtesy Ramon Williams, Worldwide PhotosJohn Reid was ordained in Sydney in 1955, served as Curate at St. Matthew’s Manly (1955-56) and as Rector of Christ Church Gladesville (1956–1969). He was collated as Archdeacon of Cumberland in 1969, and in 1972 was consecrated as Assistant Bishop of Sydney. He was responsible for the South Sydney area of the diocese until his retirement in 1993.

Bishop Reid was passionately concerned to see men and women come to faith in Christ. Many will be unaware, for example, of his behind-the-scenes work to support pastors in Communist Eastern Europe, before the fall of the Iron Curtain.

Bishop Reid is survived by his wife Alison. We will post funeral details here when they become available.

(Top photo: Bishop John Reid visiting St. George’s Hurstville in 1986. 

Second photo: Bishop Reid in 1981, courtesy Ramon Williams, Worldwide Photos.)

Ministry on the Air on Norfolk Island

The Rev David Fell on Norfolk Radio. Courtesy SydneyAnglicans.net“Ministry on Norfolk Island is forging ahead with its eye on the long term, according to the island’s current Anglican chaplain…”

– SydneyAnglicans.net has this story on ministry on Norfolk Island. (And a good reminder to pray for David Fell and the congregation there.)

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