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Rector: The Revd Gillian Rookyard
has been the Parish Priest at St Anselm’s since December 2012. This is what she has to say about her ministry:
I was born and raised in South Africa. It was there that I completed my schooling, tertiary education and theological studies. I was ordained deacon and then priest (alongside my mum!) in the Diocese of the Highveld in 2006 by the late Rt Revd David Beetge.
I moved to the Diocese of Perth in January 2011 at the invitation of the Archbishop. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity.
I love all things church - the worship, the people, the fellowship, the grappling and the joy!
Liturgy is a great passion, and I love to spend time creating opportunities for worship that are creative, engaging and relevant. I also love exploring the Scriptures and contemporary biblical scholarship so that I can prepare sermons and studies that integrate with current life events and everyday life experiences. I am passionate about inspiring and providing opportunities for communities to engage meaningfully in the biblical story.
I am committed to empowering communities to be self- sustaining and led from within, where each member is encouraged to use their giftedness to the edification and growth of the whole community. I believe that this is only possible within a spirit of openness and inclusion, where all are welcomed as fellow travellers on the Way and children of Christ. When this is thwarted, I strive to stand up to support those disenfranchised and marginalized by prejudice and / or oppressive systems of power.
One of my greatest joys is sharing ministry with my husband - The Revd Mark McCracken. Together with our son, Micah, we are committed to the people we serve and the parish we call home.
Parish Deacon: The Venerable Mandy Herriman
Mandy has been a member of St Anselm’s since it’s inception in 1995. She was ordained to the Diaconate on 6 August 2006 in the Diocese of Perth, and has this to say about her ministry:
“My family and I are founding members of St Anselm’s in Kingsley North/Woodvale and feel very privileged to be a part of such a vibrant, welcoming and caring community.
I was ordained to the Diaconate in August 2006 and have been Deacon at St Anselm’s since then. I was appointed Chaplain to the Household of Deacons in 2012 and continue in this role. Part of my Chaplain’s role is writing for the Anglican Messenger every month. Further to my Diocesan role is involvement in Women’s Prison Ministry at Bandyup Prison.
Recently, at the 2016 Biennial National Anglican Deacons Conference, I was elected President of the Australian Anglican Deacons Association (AADA).
In the Parish of St. Anselm’s, my primary portfolio is the ‘First Third Ministry’. This portfolio encompasses ministry to children, youth and young adults in the first chronological third of their lives. I am responsible for all Baptism preparation, overseeing our Children’s, Youth and Young Adult spiritual education and assist in facilitating the Catechumenate programme with young Adults.
I am also a member of the Mission and Evangelism, and Worship teams and lead a Barnabas PAL group.
I have a passion for creative worship and the spiritual education of young people. With my husband Bruce, we facilitate a Young Adult Home Group in our home every Sunday evening.
I work in the Parish on Fridays and my ‘other’ paid occupation is as a Primary School Music Specialist. Music is a lifelong passion of mine.
I have a love of reading and all forms of needlework and contribute to the creation of altar frontals and vestments in the Parish.”
St Anselm’s is blessed to have numerous other clergy as members in the parish. These clergy members offer relief services from time to time, share in the parish’s healing ministry, lead Bible Studies, participate in leadership, contribute to programming and offer spiritual direction to our members.