New Anglican minister after two-year wait

By David Rak

A priest in charge has been appointed at the Anglican Parish of Central Goulburn after almost two years without one.

Locum priests have provided support for the parish on a regular basis while the parish has been without a priest in charge.

Reverend Richard Pennington was licensed as priest assisting at Christ Church Seymour on November 23 by Vicar General Clarence E. Bester, who led the service in front of fellow clergy and parishioners from the three centres.

At the service a welcome was given by Parish of Central Goulburn’s Rector’s warden Peter Darbyshire and the preacher was Area Dean of the South Reverend Canon Eden Elizabeth Nicholls.

Rev Pennington arrived in the Anglican Diocese of Wangaratta from the Melbourne bayside suburb of Hampton where he was an active member of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Hampton for 25 years.

In that time he undertook roles as Lay Minister, Warden, Parish Council Secretary and Parish Council Member. He was also the Lay Chaplain at Mount Buller for 14 years.

For the past 18 months Rev Pennington has been the priest in the Anglican Alpine Parish servicing Whorouly, Myrtleford, Bright and Harrietville whilst living in Myrtleford.

Rev Pennington’s interests include music, reading, cooking, skiing, snowboarding and browsing the local farmers markets.

He and his fiancee Jen Fitzpatrick are planning their wedding which will take place in May next year.

Ms Fitzpatrick has a publicity company based at Southbank and specialises in the television industry.

“I am excited to be serving in the Parish of Central Goulburn and I’m looking forward to becoming immersed in parish and community life,” Rev Pennington said.

Rev Pennington has three children. Chris, 28, an experienced photographer, keen cyclist and long distance runner. Chris recently completed a charity ride from Perth to Melbourne on a single-gear bicycle raising funds for Sight For All.

Rev Pennington’s daughter Louise, 25, works for Sangam-World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts located in Pune, India. She has worked in hospitality around the world including ski fields in Queenstown, Japan, USA and locally at Mt Hotham.

Rev Pennington’s son Angus, 22, was a snowboarder training and competing all over the world, but has decided to take a break from the sport this year and is working in the building industry. He is about to start an apprenticeship.

Reverend Pennington can be contacted for church or parish matters on 0477 921 111.