​Fr Lawrence Turnbull in 2001

The Anglican priest who led St Paul’s Cathedral’s Healing Ministry, the Revd Lawrence Turnbull, has died and is to be farewelled at the Cathedral.

Mr Turnbull died last Saturday, 12 May, after a short illness. He is survived by his wife, Faye.

His funeral is to be held at St Paul’s this Monday, 21 May, at 2pm.

Mr Turnbull, who also served as Police Chaplain from 1994-2002, had led the weekly healing service in the Cathedral since 2001.

He was ordained a deacon in 1984 and a priest the following year in Melbourne, serving as Assistant Curate at Balwyn from 1984-1985 and at Dandenong from 1985–1987.

Mr Turnbull became Priest-in-Charge at St Philip’s Mount Waverley in 1987 and was made Vicar there in 1990. Four years later, he became Vicar of St David’s Moorabbin. During this time, he also served as Area Dean of Bayside from 1997–2000.

Since 2004, he had been Vicar of St John the Baptist Wantirna South and, more recently, of Holy Name of Jesus Vermont South.

Archbishop Philip Freier expressed thanks to God for Mr Turnbull’s life and ministry and asked Anglicans to pray for Mrs Turnbull, their family and friends.