Sunday, January 26, 2014
I am very proud to have received the MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION today. This award is a testament to the organisations listed below who have supported me in the many ministries and activities that have blessed me in my life. Thanks to you all and the many more people in my life - too many for the citation itself.
Thanks so much to all involved in the process of nominating me for this award - you are very kind. See full citation below.
Thankyou party at Tandoori Hut go to: http://www.sadaewatansydney.com/petermaher.htm
The Reverend Father Peter Desmond MAHER, Newtown NSW 2042
For service to religion, and to the community through a range of programs promoting acceptance and diversity.
Catholic Chaplain, University of Technology, Sydney, 1995-2009; also established/Head, Multifaith Chaplaincy, until 2009; Minister of Religion, Human Research Ethics Committee, since 2012.
Parish Priest, St Joseph's Catholic Church Newtown, since 1997; provides weekly Friday night mass for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Catholics.
Co-Founder, Benedict Barkat Foundation, since 2009; supported children’s education at St Mary’s School, Hafizabad, Pakistan.
Chair, Rachel's Vineyard Ministries, Sydney, since 2001; a healing ministry for men and women touched by an abortion experience.
Chaplain, Palms Australia, since 1998; supporting overseas volunteers.
Co-Editor, The Swag, National Council of Priests of Australia, since 2010; quarterly magazine.
National Board Member, InterPlay Australia, since 2009; global social movement dedicated to ease, connection, human sustainability and play.
President, Transforming Practices; fostering personal and social transformation through pastoral supervision.
Member, Organising Committee, National Conference, Tertiary Campus Ministry Association, Sydney, 1998; and Brisbane, 2004.
Current Supervisor, Australasian Association of Supervision.