: Diocesan Conference for Church Wardens, Treasurers and Senior Sisters

On Friday 8 June 2012, parish clergy and delegates began gathering at the Parish Hall of Sts Peter and Paul Cathedral in Strathfield. Delegates registered their attendance and received a very well compiled compendium of information relevant to Church Wardens, Treasurers and Senior Sisters.

On the Agenda for Friday and the first half of Saturday, were Governance, Diocesan Statutes and Synodal Protocols, Risk Management, Insurance, Financial Manual, Compliance Policies and Procedures and Statutes for Sisterhood. On Friday morning after prayer, Fr Nicholas Karipoff delivered an introduction to the day’s proceedings. He stated the Christian principles on which all these items were based. Fr Michael Protopopov led most of the Agenda items, assisted by Nick Nedachin, Diocese Treasurer and Vera Wheat, Diocese Office Administrator.

The day proceeded fruitfully and much was learnt by clergy and all delegates who were present. It was evident that all Parishes understood this Conference to be of importance.  This was evident by the number of parishes that were represented. A wonderful dinner was prepared by the Cathedral Sisterhood following a hard day of intense learning and up-skilling.

Saturday 9 June 2012 was dedicated to completing remaining Agenda items from Friday. Fr Nicholas Karipoff delivered an introduction to the Senior Sister’s Statutes. Feedback on the Conference was sought from all delegates and constructive and innovative suggestions were made for future Conferences and the Triennial Diocesan Assembly.

At the completion of this busy session, Vladika thanked everyone for their attendance and desire to improve the work of the Church. He prayed that we all go back to our parishes with renewed energy and desire to work in the Parish. Everyone left to meet their flights and depart to their homes and parishes with a renewed zeal in their hearts.

A big thank you goes to all the organisers of this Conference for the incredible work they did.  In particular, Fr Michael Protopopov, Vera Wheat, Nick Nedachin, Dimitri Roudenko, the Cathedral Sisterhood and all who assisted with this Conference. May God grant you many years!