Main Image: The Reverend Stephen Briggs is the Naval Chaplain (Reserve) for South Queensland based at HMAS Moreton, and the Priest-in-Charge of the Anglican Parish of Grovely. Listen: Rev’d Briggs speaks with Alex Milne about his role as a Naval Chaplain.
Stephen Briggs juggles two busy roles as both the Priest-in-Charge of the Anglican Parish of Grovely, and his role as Naval Chaplain based at Bulimba.
Rev’d Briggs told 96five’s Alex Milne that his role as a naval chaplain was to support both the servicemen and women as well as their families.
“They can come to us and talk things through confidentially, maybe get a different perspective on things that are happening in their lives. It’s about providing that advice, support and counsel.”
There are a large number of Navy recruits that come from South East Queensland despite the lack of a large base as found in other Australian cities.
“About 25% of Navy actually join from South East Queensland, and that figure is comparative across all three services actually. We have a lot of Navy reservists in the area and we also have a number of Navy personnel undertaking civil education within facilites like the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology.”
You can listen to the interview in the audio player at the top of the page.