Lest We Forget: a century of Australians at War

Dear reader

Welcome to the ANZAC Special Edition! 

We present to you here a story that is often overlooked in our mainstream histories and national rituals; the story of Catholic military chaplains. These men worked tirelessly for the material and spiritual wellbeing of our soldiers and continue to do so today.

We feature a short history of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy and profile Fr John Fahey, an Irish parish priest who still is the longest-serving frontline Chaplain.

We also interviewed Fr Bryan Pipins SJ, a current armed forces chaplain who has a unique insight into military life on base and on tour.

My thanks go to Fr Byran for his time, Monsignor Peter O’Keefe and the staff at the Military Diocese of Australia for their ministry and for making this special edition possible.

Kiara Pirola

Editor

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