The Chaplains gathered at the Marist Brothers Hermitage, Mittagong NSW for their annual retreat 11-16 November. Some 25 full-time and part-time Chaplains were present. This represents the largest number for some years. Fr Paul Stuart RAN was unfortunately absent due to commitments with the Fleet.
It was the first Diocesan Retreat as Chaplains for Fr Giles Atherton RAN, Fr Raphael Abboud (Air Force), Fr Brendan Quirk (Army), Fr Xiang Feng (Army Reserve) and Fr Kene Onwukwe ( Army Reserve).
During the retreat, Bishop Max Davis installed Pastoral Associate Joseph Moloney into the Ministry of Acolyte. Joe is currently the Chaplain at Bonegilla Vic.
The retreat program had three aims: importantly providing spiritual renewal over four retreat days; opportunities for building fraternal bonds and social connections; and a time for Diocesan business and professional development.