Pastoral care convention in Canberra

This article has photo gallery Published on LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy reserve Chaplains fallen in during the Last Post Ceremony dedication for Chaplain Ronald Sutton Bevington, MA, RAN, who died on HMAS Perth (l), at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)
Royal Australian Navy reserve Chaplains fallen in during the Last Post Ceremony dedication for Chaplain Ronald Sutton Bevington, MA, RAN, who died on HMAS Perth (l), at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Navy reserve chaplains have been provided with an unprecedented understanding of both the nuances and complexity of how Defence operates at their first ever conference held in Canberra in the first week of February.
 
Nineteen reserve and five permanent chaplains from around the country convened for professional, personal and spiritual development during the week-long event.
 
The conference comprised presentations on subjects such as reserve service, the Defence Chaplaincy Manual, training, operations, senior leadership group and the Fleet.
 
The delegation undertook tours of Royal Military College - Duntroon and the Australian Defence Force Academy, including the Defence Force Chaplains' College, Russell Offices, the Defence Community Organisation and the Australian War Memorial, as well as attending services at various churches in the Canberra region.
 
The Australian War Memorial visit culminated in a Last Post Ceremony dedicated to Chaplain Ronald Sutton Bevington who was killed in HMAS Perth I in 1942.
 
Principal Chaplain Stuart Hall said the idea of the conference was to show reservists, or those chaplains about to go into reserve service, how they fit in.
 
“They get an appreciation for when a sailor comes to their office who may be upset; they have an idea about some of the things that are going on in the background and tools to use such as the Defence Community Organisation.
 
“It’s also an opportunity to thank them for their service – many of them get called upon out of the blue to do notifications, which are never nice.”
 
Principal Chaplain Hall said he believed all who attended the conference now had an appreciation of the complexity of Defence.