Heads of Churches in Victoria welcome Archbishop Peter Comensoli (1 March 2019)
by Ian Smith, Executive Officer of the Victorian Council of Churches
On Friday March 1st some fifteen senior leaders of Churches from across Victoria gathered at Bishopscourt in East Melbourne to welcome Archbishop Comensoli.
Thanks was extended to Archbishop Philip Freier for hosting the event. This was the first such gathering in a number of years and brought together both regional and metropolitan leaders.
Present are (from left to right in the photo above) Fr Shenouda Boutros (Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Melbourne), Rev Ian Smith (Victorian Council of Churches), Bishop Gary Weatherill (Anglican Diocese Ballarat), Archbishop Philip Freier (Anglican Diocese of Melbourne), Bishop Richard Treloar (Anglican Diocese of Gippsland ), Lt-Col. Debra Stevens (Salvation Army - Victorian Division), Rev Sharon Hollis (Uniting Church - Synod of Victoria and Tasmania), Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli (Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne), Bishop Peter Danaher (Victorian Council of Churches), Lt-Col. Bruce Stevens (Salvation Army - Victorian Division), Dr Rob Nyhuis (Churches of Christ), Bishop Paul Bird (Catholic Diocese of Ballarat), Very Rev Fr Georges Tahan (Antiochian Orthodox), Bishop Matt Brain (Anglican Diocese of Bendigo).
At the conclusion of the Reception the leaders discussed a desire to meet regularly to share matters of concern and to offer mutual support.
The group has decided to meet three times of year with the Victorian Council of Churches acting as Secretariat.