Father Peter MacLeod-Miller
Father Peter MacLeod-Miller, the new rector of St Matthew's Church in Albury says church should be "enjoyable and fun" rather than "uptight and judgmental", and hopes to put it in practice at his parish.
The Sydney-born priest has returned to Australia after eight years in Suffolk, England and was inducted by the Bishop of Wangaratta, John Parkes, The Border Mail reports.
He signalled a new direction for the parish, which has been without a full-time rector for two years.
Fr MacLeod-Miller, 47, said he favoured High Church liturgies, calls himself a "liberal Catholic" and hopes especially to attract more young people to worship while valuing the experience of older parishioners.
"Church should be really enjoyable and fun, and shouldn't be uptight and judgmental," he said.
Although the parish recently bought a house, intending the 1869-vintage rectory to be used as a parish centre, Father MacLeod-Miller has chosen to live in the old place because it's next to the church and in the city's heart.
He wants people to know how to find him and is keen to engage with all levels of society and especially young people, people with disabilities and others who might need help, whether church members or not.
Church ‘should be enjoyable and fun' (The Border Mail)