|National||LAY PADRES PROPOSED FOR ARMED FORCES|
In the face of continuing demand for military chaplains, the recent gathering of the Australian Military Ordinariate in Canberra developed strategies forthe placement of non-ordained ministers within the Australian Defence Force.
"People gathering at Assembly 2000 were extremely confident in the future demand for the Military Ordinate," said the Ordinariate's Bishop Geoffrey Mayne. "The greatest issue facing us is how we are going to meet that demand."
Considerable time was spent deliberating upon ministry in the future given the inevitable decline in numbers of ordained ministers.
Strategies discussed included programs for their endorsement, selection and training of lay military chaplains.
Participants at the assembly, held from 10-14 April, tabled several proposals concerning the role of both clergy and laity within the Ordinariate for the Bishop's consideration. They also expressed support and appreciation to past and present chaplains.