Susan Bazzana was commissioned as the new Head of St Martin’s College at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga on March 11. The commissioning service was followed by an informal dinner for residents of St Martin’s catered for by South Wagga Anglican Parish.
Scott Goode, the Rector of South Wagga Anglican Church, who spoke at the commissioning from Matthew 5:13-16 encouraged those gathered to ensure St Martin’s continues to be a light on the hill. A community where people live integrated lives and where through their speech and works give praise to the Lord and others are drawn to worship.
Susan comes to St Martin’s after spending more than six years as Dean of New College Postgraduate Village at the UNSW Kensington campus. Much earlier in her career she was the Regional Youth Officer for the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn and was involved in SWAMP youth events and in Camp Pelican.
‘The residents at St Martin’s have warmly welcomed me into the community and I have been impressed by their care for one another in these early weeks of the academic year’, Susan said.
‘It is my prayer that St Martin’s will be a place where people can grow in maturity and find ways to make really positive contributions to society no matter what they are studying.’
‘The years people spend at university are often ones when they have time and space to explore the big existential questions and it’s my prayer that many of our residents will grow in their knowledge and love of God while they are with us.’
‘I am very encouraged to see the ministry of the College being supported in such a practical way through the quarterly SWAC dinners and hope that the ministry of the College will be a blessing to the Church across the Riverina and Canberra-Goulburn as we partner in the work of raising up young adults with a vision to serve.’
Susan replaces The Venerable Grant Bell who left St Martin’s to become Archdeacon and Rector of The Parish of Wagga Wagga.
by Susan Bazzana
Photo: Peter Savage (left) (Head of St Martin’s 2000-2005) and Glenn Maytum (Founding Chaplain/Tutor at St Martins in 1992) are pictured with the new Head of St Martin’s College Susan Bazzana who commenced work in February 2021. Photo by O.J. Photography.