Rev Michelle to be in­ducted as Angli­can parish’s priest

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Angli­can parish of Euroa, Long­wood and Vi­o­let Town will wel­come a new priest this month.

On Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13, 11am at St Paul’s Angli­can Church, the Rev­erend Dr Michelle Wood will be in­ducted as the dis­tricts new Angli­can priest.

Rev Michelle has re­cently com­pleted a PhD in Cre­ative Writ­ing on silent med­i­ta­tion with the Uni­ver­sity of Kent, Can­ter­bury, and The­o­log­i­cal stud­ies at Trin­ity Col­lege, Uni­ver­sity of Mel­bourne.

She was awarded the Cather­ine Laufer Award for Aca­demic Ex­cel­lence in Sys­tem­atic The­ol­ogy.

Rev Michelle is mar­ried to Paul and the pair has five grown chil­dren - Luca, Clara, Stan­ley, Austin and An­neke - who are all ei­ther work­ing or study­ing in Mel­bourne.

Rev Michelle and Paul are set to move to Euroa to live in the Rec­tory.

They will also spend some time re­treat­ing to their 22 acres of land com­prised of bush and hills just out of Mans­field where they grow veg­eta­bles, and live off so­lar and rain wa­ter at­tempt­ing to min­imise their eco­foot­print.

The beau­ti­ful place is one they de­scribe as a ‘back to ba­sics’ life­style liv­ing close to na­ture, which Rev Michelle said is an im­por­tant fea­ture of a spir­i­tual life.

Rev Michelle has worked as a fam­ily coun­sel­lor with cou­ples and chil­dren for the last 20 years, su­per­vised coun­selling teams, and led many com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment and well­be­ing pro­grams.

She ini­tially trained as an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist, but went on to com­plete post­grad­u­ate stud­ies in fam­ily Ther­apy.

Rev Michelle is de­lighted to be ap­pointed to care for the beau­ti­ful churches of St Paul’s, Euroa, St Dun­stan’s Vi­o­let Town and St An­drew’s Long­wood.

She noted that there is a proud Angli­can tra­di­tion across the Strath­bo­gie Shire and the three churches have been lov­ingly cared for since 1885.

Rev Michelle said that she has al­ways loved go­ing to church and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the mys­tery of God’s pres­ence through beauty, si­lence, sacra­ment and com­mu­nity.

She is keenly in­ter­ested in the Gospel of so­cial jus­tice, in­clu­sion of all and dig­nity.

She hopes her time of min­istry in the dis­trict will fos­ter in ev­ery way ef­forts to bring peo­ple heal­ing, peace, depth, cre­ativ­ity and unity.

All mem­bers of the com­mu­nity are in­vited to at­tend her wel­com­ing in­duc­tion cer­e­mony on Satur­day St Paul’s Angli­can Church, Euroa, where a light lunch will be pro­vided.

NEW FRIENDLY FACE: Rev­erend Michelle Wood will be­gin du­ties from Oc­to­ber 13 and is look­ing for­ward to get­ting to know the com­mu­nity.

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