The Revd Ron Cross OAM

Ronald Cross praised for ministry and spirituality

December 14 2016The Revd Ron Cross OAM died on Sunday 13 November, and his funeral was held on 17 November at St James Point Lonsdale.

After studying at St John’s Morpeth Ron was ordained Deacon in Melbourne in 1965 and Priest, also in Melbourne, in 1966.

His ministries included serving as Assistant Curate St Mark’s Camberwell 1965-67; Assistant Curate Murrumbeena 1967-70; Incumbent of the Parish of Dallas 1970-73. He was Chaplain of Barwon Health in Geelong from 1973-2003 and Director of Health and Welfare Chaplains in the Department of Community Care from 1994-98. He served as Acting Director of Diocesan Services in 1996, and President of the Asia Conference of Pastoral Care and Counselling in 1997. In 2003 he was Honorary Associate Priest in the Parish of All Saints Newtown Geelong.

Fr Roy Bradley, who worked with him in hospital chaplaincy over a long period, has described his ministry as “a remarkable one”, and in his eulogy, the Revd Peter Martin, Vicar of St James Point Lonsdale, said his achievements at both the local and national level in Clinical Pastoral Formation and Education “were recognised in 2003 when he was admitted to the Order of Australia ‘for service to chaplaincy, particularly through the development and introduction of National Health Care Chaplaincy Standards, and to the community’”.

Fr Martin said Ron had an extensive collection of the writings of Teilhard de Chardin, and that there are strong echoes of Ron’s spirituality and thought in Teilhard: “That everything, the whole of matter, including the human person, is being gathered up into and moving towards a cosmic end point where all is divinised. Ron was interested in healing and wholeness for the whole person as they journeyed towards God…

“Ron is now taking the next step in that great gathering up and we by our love and prayers commend him. And we continue our journey until we also arrive at that place where God is all in all.”