Vicar ‘exemplified best of Melbourne Evangelical tradition’

The Reverend Canon John Burbury Moroney

October 30 2015The Reverend Canon John Moroney died on 17 October.

After serving in New Guinea during the World War II, in intelligence work, John was ordained in 1949.

His ministry included Curate Diocesan Centre in 1949; Assistant Chaplain Trinity College from 1950 to 1951; Chaplain Royal Melbourne Hospital from 1950 to 1953; Chaplain Fitzwilliam House Cambridge from 1954 to 1956; Honorary Chaplain Mission to Seafarers from 1957 to 1961; Incumbent Williamstown from 1956 to 1965; Senior Chaplain Southern Command Australian Military Forces from 1958 to 1967; Examining Chaplain from 1962 to 1985; Incumbent St Columb’s Hawthorn from 1965 to 1986; Canon of the Cathedral from 1969 to 1989; Archdeacon Kew in 1970; Archdeacon Malvern from 1971 to 1978; Archdeacon Melbourne from 1978 to 1986. Retired in 1986 and held a PTO with the Diocese of Melbourne from 1986, Archdeacon Emeritus from 1986 and Canon Emeritus from 1986.

The Right Revd Philip Huggins, bishop of the Oodthenong area of episcopal care, said, “I knew Revd John best in my Williamstown days when he came back for various events. His ministry was remembered with much gratitude. He was always very kind and respectful of a new vicar … he had a lovely, dry sense of humour and a quiet grace. Revd John exemplified the best of our Melbourne Evangelical tradition of that era or of any.”

He exercised his gift of friendship in encouraging and mentoring a great many others, and taking a lively interest in the ministry of others. Many evangelicals were greatly supported by John: he could always be relied upon for wise and helpful advice and guidance. The Revd Ian Cox, who was a student at Ridley College in 1968, wrote of John Moroney, “It was John’s compassionate, thoughtful, godly and evangelical convictions that encouraged us to continue in ministry from the early days.”

John led worship well, engaging people in prayer and praise. The Revd Mike Flynn, current incumbent at St Columbs, wrote, “You know a minister has had a profound influence on a congregation when people still talk about his teaching, lifestyle, prayerfulness and humour nearly thirty years after he has left the parish.”

Revd Moroney’s funeral service was held at Oaktree Anglican Church Caulfield on 30 October.

We give thanks to God for the life and ministry of the Reverend Canon John Burbury Moroney and pray for his family and friends at this time.

May he rest in peace.