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At the Canberra & Goulburn Diocesan Mothers’ Union’s Annual General Meeting, held at Holy Cross Anglican Church, Hackett, on Wednesday 23rd March, 2022, The Reverend Joan Smith announced her retirement from the position of Diocesan Chaplain. Joan was appointed as our diocesan chaplain on 23rd September, 2016 at St Saviour’s Cathedral, Goulburn, by Bishop Stuart Robinson, and has served our members with love, dedication and as a spiritual guide in all our undertakings. Joan was ordained in the Diocese of Bathurst on 22nd August 2002 by Bishop Richard Hurford, as seen in the photograph at right.

Our new diocesan Chaplain has been appointed by Bishop Mark Short. The Reverend Canon Anne Wentzel has accepted and she will take over from Joan, guiding us as we make our plans for the NSW State Conference in October, as well as her general duties as our Chaplain.

Anne can been seen thanking Joan for her service to Mothers’ Union and sharing a special moment with her. The members presented Joan with a gift and flowers.

Joan will continue to be involved as a member of the Hackett Branch where her Quiet Days will continue to be held twice yearly.


by Joan Eberle
Diocesan President
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