New facility aids spiritual health

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Dave Devlin (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Cerberus, VIC

Topic(s): HMAS Cerberus, Health, Fitness and Wellbeing, Chaplaincy, Diversity and Inclusivity

HMAS Cerberus Chaplaincy Centre Coordinator Chaplain Grant Ludlow addresses attendees at the official opening of the  Multi-Faith Prayer Room. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)
HMAS Cerberus Chaplaincy Centre Coordinator Chaplain Grant Ludlow addresses attendees at the official opening of the Multi-Faith Prayer Room.

HMAS Cerberus has officially opened the latest addition to their personnel support facilities, supporting and acknowledging the religious beliefs and needs of our people.

The Multi-Faith Prayer Room will provide personnel based at the ‘Cradle of The Navy’ with an important asset that will be of significant value to everyone associated with the establishment.

Coordinating Chaplain, Chaplain Grant Ludlow, said after many years of searching for an appropriate space the current location was identified as part of the broader base redevelopment project.

“The Multi-Faith Prayer room has been deliberately located near the retail precinct to provide easy access to everyone onboard Cerberus,” he said.

“The central location and generous size will also mean that this facility will provide exciting opportunities to both individuals and groups as a location to meet.

“The addition of this new facility is certainly a welcome asset for the establishment that is now ready to be used by all Cerberus personnel,” Chaplain Ludlow said.

The Cerberus Command team worked closely with the Estate & Infrastructure Group to deliver this project which is seen as a testament to the harmonious working relationship which has enabled the delivery of a remarkable resource for everyone.

The official opening was attended by the Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Mike Oborn, Base Manager Ms Bernadette Elkins, representatives of the Navy Chaplaincy Branch and other members of staff.

Captain Oborn says it is now up to our people to put their personal stamp on this space and grow into it.

“Opening this facility presents as an exciting opportunity to support our people in the pursuit of their personal and spiritual wellbeing,” Captain Oborn said.

“Encouraging people to explore not only their mind through academic study and their body through PT and fitness, but also their spiritual prayer or reflection, will help them become more resilient.

“This facility will provide an excellent opportunity for people to reflect on their sense of belief and purpose making this resource good news for all Cerberus personnel and those visiting our establishment.

“With the opening of the multi-faith facility Navy is recognising the diversity of our organisation, and we are stronger because of that diversity,” he said.

The official opening of the Multi-Faith Prayer Room at HMAS Cerberus, with Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Mike Oborn, CSM, RAN, right, and the Chaplaincy Centre staff.

The official opening of the Multi-Faith Prayer Room at HMAS Cerberus, with Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Mike Oborn, CSM, RAN, right, and the Chaplaincy Centre staff.