Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Not your average Lutheran Pastors...

Two friends, oft mentioned on this blog, from Left to Right, including all in between they are:

Pastor Fraser Pearce, Parish Pastor Bendigo, Victoria
Pastor Adam Cooper, Senior Lecturer at John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family


At Wednesday, August 06, 2008 2:39:00 am , Blogger Joshua said...


I hope eventually to return to the JPII Institute in the Glorious See of Melbourne, and learn from Pr Cooper...

...but as a matter of curiosity, where is he pastoring at present? - I can't quite see the chapel being made available for Lutheran services!

At Wednesday, August 06, 2008 9:13:00 am , Blogger Joshua said...


And as I recall, there is that very Gothic little German Lutheran church (Heilige Dreifaltigkeit?) just opposite the main doors of the Cathedral, only a block or two away from the JPII Institute... which branch of hydraheaded Lutheranism are they?

At Wednesday, August 06, 2008 10:57:00 am , Blogger Schütz said...

First question:

Pastor Cooper is officially on leave from parish ministry in the LCA while remaining on the "Roll of Pastors". Hence, no parish at the mo.

Holy Trinity Church (or Heilige Dreifaltigkeit, as you correctly call it) was established as an Australian Lutheran Church by early 19th Century German settlers, including one of my wife's ancestors. It maintained its German language tradition and after the war was made available to the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland as their ministry to 20th Century German migrants. Pastor Joachim von Mitzlaff is a pastor of the EKD, but the pastor and congregation participate fully in the life of the LCA in full communion with the LCA. To maintain this full communion, they refrain from EKD practices not in accord with the Lutheran Church of Australia, such as women pastors.

At Thursday, August 07, 2008 9:08:00 am , Blogger Joshua said...

Thanks, David!

I suppose I was naïvely looking at this from the Roman point-of-view, whereby a priest will be celebrating Mass daily, for whosoever attends or not. As a Pastor without a charge, then, would he just attend divine worship as a layman would? Just curious.


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