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Anglican priest ventures out into Moama community

Fr Wayne Sheean is now serving the Moama community, taking up the position at St James Anglican Church priest.

GRAHAM WILLIS June 6, 2014 3:23am

Arriving in Moama to take up the post as St James Anglican Church priest, Father Wayne Sheean has been immediately impressed by the friendliness of the local community.

Serving Moama and Deniliquin parishes each week, Fr Wayne enjoys meeting people and taking the Church out into the community.

‘‘I have met so many friendly people in my first few days,’’ he said.

‘‘I like to be identifiable in my role and I welcome people to come up and say hello.

‘‘I want the Church to be out there in the community so that people understand our doors are always open.’’

Entering the priesthood in the Newcastle diocese, Fr Wayne spent several enjoyable years there, working at dual parishes.

In 2011 he took up an appointment at Maryborough in Victoria, which gave him his first experience of a country town ministry.

‘‘I was thrilled to be part of a country community in Maryborough and to be appointed to the Moama-Deniliquin role is even more exciting,’’ he said.

‘‘There are so many blessed things about small communities.’’

Fr Wayne also hopes to develop strong links with the chaplaincy at Moama Anglican Grammar School.

‘‘As a Church community we can offer support to the school where it may be valuable.’’

Father Wayne is equally excited by his role as Rector of Deniliquin.

‘‘Deniliquin has made me very welcome and I look forward to getting out into the community as much as possible,’’ he said.

‘‘I also hope to see an opportunity to conduct monthly services at Mathoura into the future.’’

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