Chris was ordained as Deacon in Auckland N.Z. in 2012. In addition to his duties at Saint Mary’s he continues to serve the Queanbeyan faith community.
Chris and Elizabeth are originally from New Zealand but have lived in Tasmania and Western Australia for eleven years, as well as seven years with a mining company in
Papua New Guinea.
Chris and Elizabeth have four children, two living in Australia (Bywong and Albany WA), and two who live in New Zealand. They are also blessed with eight grandchildren of whom, five live in Australia and three in New Zealand.
Originally coming to the Canberra region to assist their daughter Theresa, with her children’s health needs, the move to the presbytery is part of the plan to help address the children’s needs.
Although Deacons do not have the faculty of confession or consecration of the Eucharist they can provide other sacramental services : baptisms; weddings as well as funerals. In addition Chris can bring Holy Communion to those who cannot attend services (for whatever reason), and makes it clear that he is available as the person to contact for any spiritual concerns.
Chris and Elizabeth extend a warm welcome to the people of Bungendore to pop in at the presbytery, so we can become better acquainted.