​The Reverend Heather Patacca

The Dean and Chapter are delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Heather Patacca, Incumbent of St David's Church, East Doncaster, as Precentor.

The Dean of Melbourne, the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, said: “I am delighted that Heather will be joining the Cathedral team in April. She is an experienced parish priest in the Diocese and her knowledge of and love for the ministry of our Cathedral will serve Chapter’s vision to promote St Paul’s as home church of the Diocese of Melbourne and Province of Victoria by forging and maintaining strong links with parishes, clergy and our many Anglican agencies.

“Heather joins the Cathedral as a senior member of our team. She is an excellent pastor: her gifts of leading and shaping liturgy from a wide variety of traditions within the Anglican church, combined with her strong preaching and teaching gifts, will enable her to bring committed Christians, visitors and seekers into contact with the reality of the transforming love of God.”

Mrs Patacca holds a BA in Music and Australian History from the University of Melbourne and a M.Div. from the Australian College of Theology. Before her ordination at St Paul’s, she worked as a music educator, a pastoral worker at St Jude's Carlton and a ministry worker at St James' Ivanhoe. She served her curacy in the parish of Banyule and has been in her present appointment since 2009. Subject to relevant ministerial clearances, the Archbishop of Melbourne, the Most Revd Dr Philip Freier, will install Heather as a minor (that is, honorary) Canon of St Paul’s at Choral Evensong on Friday,19 April 2013 at 5.10pm.

Applications for the post were received from Australia, the United States and South Africa. The Cathedral Chapter’s selection committee is grateful to all applicants, and especially those interviewed, for their insights into the challenges and opportunities of this significant leadership role.

Mrs Patacca said: “I am very honoured and excited by the opportunity to serve the Cathedral community and the wider Diocese in this role. It is both a great privilege and a great challenge, and I look forward to it very much. It will be a joy to be involved in continuing the excellent tradition of our Cathedral as well as working toward developing new opportunities to proclaim God’s grace and mercy to us in Jesus.”

In announcing the appointment, Dean Loewe expressed his gratitude to the Acting Precentor of St Paul’s, the Revd Dr Ruth Redpath AO: “Ruth’s work as Acting Precentor over the past year has been invaluable. In a period of significant change she made an outstanding contribution to the life of the Cathedral: in particular by helping to facilitate the transition to an entirely new staff team, by her ministry to the Cathedral congregations and by her strong liturgical leadership. I am delighted that she will remain part of the St Paul’s Cathedral team. I thank her for her important ministry and look forward to be able to continue working with her.”

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