WestMAC welcomes Father Chris

West Moreton Anglican College has welcomed their new College Chaplain, Reverend Christopher Beal, with a song he wrote for the occasion.

WestMAC chorale opened the commissioning service for Father Chris by singing Australian Hymn of Praise, which brings together his indigenous heritage and love of God.

“Today is a celebration of all of us, not just me,” said Father Chris who has been a chaplain in eight schools around the country and spent some of his childhood in Ipswich when his father was the Priest-in-Charge of St Paul’s.

Father Chris said the key motivators for his return to Ipswich were a “strong calling to chaplaincy” and the prospect of him and his wife, Anne, being closer to their children and grandchildren.

He also said he was “impressed by the staff, students, facilities and the learning environment” at WestMAC.

Principal Geoff McLay said Father Chris was well known and highly regarded in the Anglican schools network and Australian Anglican community.

"WestMAC’s reputation as a school community committed to the Anglican mission and Gospel values were a major factor in Chris’s discernment process, and I look forward to working with and alongside Father Chris in the future,” He said.

"I have a sense that Chris and Anne will be made very welcome as they continue the tremendous work that has been done in the WestMAC community over many years.

“Father Chris, we welcome you to become part of our story and as part of yours.”

Father Chris was officially Commissioned as the College Chaplain, on Wednesday, January 25, by The Right Reverend Cameron Venables, Bishop for the Western Region Anglican Church Southern Queensland.

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