WELCOME: The new Nanango Anglican Parish priest Robert Chippendale.
WELCOME: The new Nanango Anglican Parish priest Robert Chippendale. Tobi Loftus

Anglican priest pleased to call Nanango parish his new home

ROBERT Chippendale has come out of retirement and into Nanango.

The Anglican priest has taken up a posting in the Nanango parish, which covers the churches in Yarraman and Blackbutt.

Mr Chippendale started last month and said he was looking forward to facing the challenges the parish had to offer.

"It's a difficult job as you have to maintain the three centres,” he said.

"The challenge of distance is always hard, for instance you can't just go to the Blackbutt church whenever.

"It's half an hour away and back so you have to do more than one thing there.”

Mr Chippendale said he had already noticed differences between the towns in his parish.

"Each centre is different and each has been very supportive,” he said.

"Each centre has its own way of doing things, its owns oddities, its own quirks.

"There are a lot of people to get to know, who are working hard keeping the church together.”

Mr Chippendale was ordained as a deacon 50 years ago, in December 1967.

"I did retire at one stage after 2003 and I was still involved in the church in different ways,” he said.

During his time with the church he has served in Maryborough, Beaudesert and the Gold Coast, as well as overseas in England.

"I took on school chaplaincy and for 19 years I was on the Gold Coast,” he said.

"Life as a professional priest is a bit shorter if you're in schools.

"I don't mind being Father Chippendale, but you don't want to be Grandfather Chippendale.”

The Anglican Church pulled Mr Chippendale out of retirement after he started doing locums.

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