Graham is a long-term serving RAN Officer who over several years has aspired for a change of category so as to serve as Permanent Navy Chaplain. He is a married man with family.
He embarked upon his academic formation, studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Theology several years ago. This was put on hold at times due to Navy requirements. Some years ago he commenced the journey towards becoming a Permanent Deacon through the Archdiocese of Sydney’s Permanent Diaconate Program. He has been assigned to various Sydney parishes for pastoral formation, concluding with St Michael’s Parish, Lane Cove Parish.
In 2019 Navy permitted Graham to take on full-time study to complete his theological degree. Graham will commence in Navy as a full-time chaplain in early September and is likely to be posted to the Fleet in HMAS Adelaide in early 2020. For the remainder of 2019 he will complete the Initial ADF Chaplains Course and undertake chaplaincy duties at HMAS Kuttabul with a period at sea before Christmas. Graham will commence chaplaincy as a lay Pastoral Associate Chaplain and during the course of 2020 he will prepare for a call to Holy Orders in the Permanent Diaconate.
We welcome Graham into the Diocese with joy.