When you hear the word Christmas, what images pop into your mind?
The Navy’s Submarine Force Chaplain has returned to the role after several years away providing capability to a variety of units within the RAN.
As the weekend passes and many in Navy are sailing away from their families and loved ones to support Australia’s interests, let’s take time to reflect on our lives and the challenges before us.
Reflecting on the season, here’s the annual Christmas message from Navy’s Principal Chaplain, Colin Acton.
Seeking chaplaincy support, counsel and assessment is much more common than you might think.
Whitewashed walls and giant windows of HMAS Watson’s chapel shine like a beacon in the morning sun atop Sydney’s South Head.
It is said that there are no atheists in fox holes, but for many Navy members their spiritual side can be neglected in the pace of service life. That said for the National Day of Prayer for Defence, some Navy Chaplains joined forces to pray for Defence members and their families as a reminder to acknowledge the sacrifices service can require.
As the end of the year comes upon us, with the opportunity to relax and reflect, we can find ourselves commemorating the various events in our life that have taken place and shaped us over the past 12 months.
Chaplains made history on Sunday 24 November when two church parades were held for the first time in HMAS Tobruk.
Members of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force are getting the chance to explore their spiritual fitness, participating in the Australian Defence Force ‘Faith Under Fire’ course being offered by HMAS Choules Padre, Chaplain Ian Lindsay.