A big Thank You to Trevor Smith and Kathy Boddy.

On Friday Feb 27th at Christ Church South Yarra, a good gathering of Education for Ministry graduates, participants, mentors, trainers and supporters met to celebrate and give thanks for Fr Trevor and Kathy’s ministry to EFM over the past 25 years and to mark their retirement from their respective roles as National Director and Administrator.

We were warmly welcomed by the Parish priest of Christ Church, Fr Richard Treloare. Archbishop Philip Freier in his role as Primate presided and preached at the Eucharist, and on behalf of the Australian Church thanked Trevor and Kathy for their dedicated service to the Education for Ministry program and their commitment to the formation of the laity for mission and ministry.

Our celebration also provided an opportunity for the commissioning of Fr Greg Davies as the new National Director of EfM Australia. Greg was presented to the Archbishop by Jonathan Sargeant, Lay Education Officer representing the Ministry Education Commission of the Diocese of Brisbane, which holds the EfM License and oversees the EfM program in Australia. Greg is the parish priest in Gisborne [50 kilometres north of Melbourne] and in an arrangement between his parish and the Diocese of Brisbane will oversee and administer the new EfM program. The EfM office has now relocated to the Parish Centre in Gisborne.

20150227_195316Following the Eucharist everyone gathered for refreshments and a presentation was made by Jamie Miller to Trevor of an icon of St Claire and St Francis, and to Kathy one of the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary. These icons were written by Fr John Baton.

Thank you to everyone who was able to be present for this celebration and also to the many who sent messages of thanks and reflections to Trevor and Kathy.

Photo: Greg, Kathy & Trevor.