Locum Priest:


Following the conclusion of the Locum Tenency of the Reverend Dr Stuart Blackler, the Reverend Dr Ian Hunter SSC has been appointed as a further Locum during this interegnum period at St James's.  Fr Ian is an Associate Priest of our mother parish of All Saints' East St Kilda with whom we have always had a special relationship, so we are delighted to have a priest who fully understands the traditions and feelings of ther St James's ccongregation.

Fr Ian Hunter’s hometown is Brisbane where he was trained at St Francis’ College and the University of Queensland and was ordained both Deacon and Priest by Archbishop Sir Philip Strong. He served in the parishes of Toowong, Toowoomba, Inala and St Lucia before being appointed Chaplain of RMIT and moving to Melbourne.

In the Diocese of Melbourne, after his time at RMIT, he was Vicar of St Agnes’ Church, Glenhuntly, Senior Chaplain of the Mission to Seafarers, and then Vicar of St Paul’s Church, Kingsville.  He then became Rector of Holy Trinity Parish, Stawell, in the Diocese of Ballarat.

In 1999 he returned to Melbourne to be stipendiary Associate Priest at All Saints East St Kilda before moving to Christ Church, Essendon in 2003 as Vicar until his retirement in 2009. From that time he returned to All Saints as honorary Associate Priest, and has served as Locum Tenens during the last three parish vacancies.

Fr Hunter is married and has three adult children and eight grandchildren.


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St James the Great & the Oratory of the Good Shepherd

ogscrossThis parish has had long associations with the life of religious communities, in particular with the Community of The Holy Name for some 70 years and the Oratory of the Good Shepherd for almost 20 years.

The former Vicar, Father Roger Kelly is at present the Prior of the Melbourne College of the Oratory. Inspired by his own religious life and experience of holy rule, he founded the Little Company of the Good Shepherd in 2006. The Little Company has in turn influenced other members to join with them in the life of the Oratory Companionate.

The Little Company and the Companions follow the Rule of the Professed Brothers of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd (OGS) within the particular demands of their lives in the everyday world.

With the professed brethren, Oratory Companions and Members of the Little Company are to attend Holy Communion as often as their lives’ permit, and to recite the Divine Office, with an hour of contemplative prayer and meditation each day.

The Holy Rule (expressed in the Seven Notes of the Oratory) upholds Feloowship, the Labour of the Mind, the Faithful Stewardship of Talents and Resources, the importance of Liberty and yet also of Discipline with all upheld in the Love thatmakes for Peace.




The St James' Community welcomes as friends, all who come here to share in the life of the Church, the Little Company, the St Kilda Steiner Pre-School and the proposed Child Care Centre to open early in 2016 as well as the Annual Blessing of Animals in October and those who gather with their companion animals at the crib at the Christmas morning Mass.   Together, we offer care for body mind and spirit. You, your friends and your companion animals are always welcome to share our life in Christ.

Hospitality is an important part of our outreach and community life. We would love to welcome you to the Liturgy or any of our community gatherings.








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