A warm welcome to our new chaplain, Reverend Constantine
Growing up in Africa has taught Reverend Constantine about the importance of community and the contribution we can all make in helping others — particularly young people — to grow and flourish.
“I see myself as being a praying, listening, compassionate and loving Christian presence in the School as we help our young people competently navigate through life [and] achieve their potential,” he says.
“It is my desire to share with all of you the hope and joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which does not take anything away from us, but rather gives us everything that makes life wonderful, true, beautiful, meaningful and joyful.”
Born in Owerre-Umudioka, Reverend Constantine migrated to Australia in 2003 at the age of 24. His recent ministry has included positions as Chaplain to Ballarat University, Parish Priest at St Paul’s Anglican Church and St Matthew’s in the Anglican Diocese of Ballarat, and Prison Chaplain at Langi Kal Kal Prison in Victoria.
He is also co-founder of the One Humanity Shower Bus Inc. which provides support to displaced persons in Ballarat and, in 2013, travelled to Kenya to work on a project empowering disadvantaged orphans, the disabled and young single mothers in the community.
“I’m humbled and excited to be joining the wonderful Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School as the Chaplain,” he says, “and my family and I cannot wait to meet you and to immerse ourselves in the life of the school community.”
Principal Stuart Marquardt says he is delighted to welcome Reverend Constantine to Lindisfarne.
“The appointment of a School Chaplain is a process of discernment and, over the past four months, we have felt very drawn to Reverend Constantine and the gifts he will share with our school community,” Principal Marquardt says.
“Likewise, Reverend Constantine and his family have felt a calling to ministry within our school and community.”
Reverend Constantine will take up his position at Lindisfarne in early May. He is joined by his wife, Faith, and two children, Obed and Sophie.
We are excited about our new School Chaplain and look forward to celebrating Reverend Constantine’s commissioning service later in Term 2.