Christmas message from the Navy’s Principal Chaplain

Published on PCHA Collin Acton (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer), Mr Jay Cronan (photographer)

Topic(s): Chaplaincy

File image: Stained glass window in the Royal Australian Navy Chapel, HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney. (photo: )
File image: Stained glass window in the Royal Australian Navy Chapel, HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney.

Director-General Chaplaincy Navy PCHA Collin Acton.

Director-General Chaplaincy Navy PCHA Collin Acton.

“Christmas is almost upon us.

For some this will be an exciting time, especially where young children are involved. Presents, food, family and friends make this a happy time.

For Christians, this is a season with an additional layer of meaning and significance.

It is an outstanding reminder of an extraordinary kind of love. A love that drove the creator who brought all things into being, to enter into this physical world, and patch up the relationship between a rebellious humanity and himself. It is good news.

Whether religious or not, we can all agree that this is time, in our otherwise busy year, to take stock of what’s important for our wellbeing.

It is no mystery that we are fundamentally relational beings. Our lives are made richer and so much more fulfilling and meaningful through relationships.

In fact, our individual spiritual and psychological wellbeing is grounded on the health and vitality of our relationships with others.

Why not use this time to strengthen your relationships with those who are important to you.

We might to also be mindful that Christmas can be a difficult time for many; those who have lost family, or a friend in the last year, or are going through a challenging time through ill health, impairment or isolation.

Please take some time to reach out to someone in your family, or a friend or colleague who may be doing it tough this year. A simple text, email or phone call can make a huge difference!

The Navy Chaplaincy Branch wishes you and your family a wonderful Christmas.

Many will know that we as a branch are changing, and enhancing the diversity of care and support we are able to offer Navy people and their families.

We have our Islamic Chaplain, and soon, we will also have Buddhist and Hindu Chaplains. In the coming year, the non-religious Maritime Spiritual Wellbeing Officers will join our team of caregivers.

What will not change is our commitment to the people of our Navy.

Our increasingly diverse Chaplaincy workforce will strive to provide the highest level of pastoral, spiritual and religious care for the whole workforce.

Merry Christmas and may God bless you!”

Principal Chaplain Collin Acton