Indigenous Ministry

There are fourAboriginal priests in the diocese who (alongside our normal duties) seek to educate the church and community about our people. If you would like to discuss matters of importance to First Nations people, you are invited to contact us.

The Reverend Dr Garry Worete Deverell
Trawloolway and Associate Priest at St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne and Academic at University of Divinity

The Reverend Canon Helen Dwyer
Ngarrindjeri and Chaplain at Melbourne Grammar School and Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral

The Reverend Canon Associate Professor Glenn Loughrey
Wiradjuri and Vicar at St Oswald’s Church, Glen Iris, Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral and Academic at ANU

The Reverend Janet Turpie-Johnstone
Gundit-jamara and academic at ACU + a board member of local Aboriginal organisations

Aboriginal clergy of Victoria also recently formed an Aboriginal Council for the Anglican Province of Victoria and wrote to the bishops concerning our aspirations for First Peoples in relation to the church. You can read the statement here.

You can contact the Aboriginal Provincial Council via email:

The diocese also supports two colleges in Australia’s north that train Aboriginal priests: Nungalinya College in Darwin, and Wontulp-Bi-Buya Theological College in Cairns.

National Reconciliation Week

Click here to view the National Reconciliation Service held at St Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday 31 May.