It was a memorable Sunday service for Anglicans after receiving a visit from the Archbishop of Melbourne and Primate of Australia, Reverend Dr Philip Freier, at St Augustine’s Anglican Church in Shepparton.
The Maude St church was filled with visitors from Dookie, Murchison, Rushworth and surrounds, gathering to listen to a service from Reverend Dr Helen Malcolm.
Dr Freier was a preacher on the day and celebrated the parish’s Patronal Festival.
‘‘It’s great being here and celebrating together with a mix of people,’’ Dr Freier said.
‘‘I enjoy the multiculturalism of the Goulburn Valley.’’
Dr Freier is the titular head of the Anglican Church of Australia, which consists of 23 independent dioceses.
He has been the 13th Archbishop of Melbourne since December 2006 and was elected the Primate of Australia in June 2014.
Before this, Dr Freier was bishop of the Northern Territory.
Dr Malcolm said Dr Freier’s presence was well received on the day and will positively impact on the parish’s vision and mission.
‘‘I think it has good having a different voice,’’ Dr Malcolm said.
‘‘The service was about having a plan and putting it into action.
‘‘The whole parish seemed very inspired.’’
After formalities, Dr Freier enjoyed some morning tea and a chat with the congregation.