Members Statement – St. Andrews’ Anglican Church

Mr CARROLL (Niddrie) — I rise to congratulate the parish of St Andrew’s, Aberfeldie, on their recent commissioning service for the Reverend Michael Danaher as curate‑in‑charge. The commissioning was conducted by Bishop Genieve Blackwell of the Marmingatha Episcopate on the warm summer night of Tuesday, 24 January, in the splendid St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Aberfeldie, on St Kinnord Street. St Andrew’s church was full of the local congregation and a large contingent from St James, Dandenong, where Reverend Danaher was once the full‑time assistant curate. Many from the congregation of Dandenong made the trip for this special occasion.

The Anglican clergy were all dressed in their traditional robe, and Bishop Blackwell conducted a wonderful service assisted by Archdeacon Jeff Parker, Mr Roger Kearns and Ms Christine Toth from St James, Dandenong. The churchwardens from St Andrew’s presented the Reverend Michael Danaher before the bishop and congregation. This was soon followed by readings from locals Keith McLean and Bev Stephenson and Archdeacon Len Firth and ably assisted by the service of Father John Mathes of Christchurch Essendon.

Reverend Danaher can be very proud of his commissioning service and the work that he did making it such a success. No doubt a highlight for him was that the occasion occurred before his close family members. I want to congratulate and thank the churchwardens Jan McLean, Virginia Brown and Timothy Anderson and the many volunteers that made it such a success.

I have a proud association with St Andrew’s, having once attended the kindergarten many years ago and in more recent years been able to sponsor their annual parish fete, which is a success year on year. Congratulations, Reverend Danaher. St Andrew’s is an outstanding church where you are welcome.