After 2.5 years of waiting, we can finally announce that we have appointed a new rector for the Parish of Traralgon – the Revd Canon Gradwell Fredericks. Gradwell and his wife Tania come to Gippsland – and Australia – from Cape Town in South Africa, where he is Rector of the large Parish of All Saints’, Belhar, in the Diocese of False Bay. Prior to this he was Chaplain of St Alban’s, an Anglican school in Pretoria. Gradwell has served as ‘Warden of Vocations’ and ‘Warden of Ordinands’ in his Diocese, working with those exploring a call to ordained ministry and those preparing for ordination. Other parish appointments over his almost 20 years in holy orders include the fishing village of Hout Bay and the township parish of Steenberg.

We look forward to Gradwell and Tania’s arrival in late November, and to an Induction to follow on a date to be advised.

We also give thanks for the unstinting care and guidance of Locum Priest Marilyn Obersby, ably and generously assisted by Amy Turner, Clem Watts, and Brenda Burney, and for the faithful baptismal ministry of the Parish’s lay leaders during the last 2.5 years.