Rev Canon Maree Armstrong

rev_mareeRev Canon Maree is a local. She was raised in Blacksmiths and married Terry, her neighbour, when she was a young girl of 19 years of age. They initially moved to Edgeworth where they had their first child, Michael and then Paul shortly after. They soon purchased their first home at Belmont North where Rachel arrived shortly afterwards.

At the Holy Family Belmont North/Redhead the whole family was deeply involved in the parish. It was at this place that Maree’s persistent call to the priesthood was re-ignited and explored once again.

In 1989 the whole family moved to St John’s Theological College at Morpeth to explore this calling, and in 1992 Maree was ordained a Deacon and served in the Parish of Muswellbrook. In that same year Maree was amongst the first group of women to be ordained into the priesthood in the Diocese of Newcastle.

Since that time Maree has served in the Parishes of Charlestown, Harrington and Belmont North/Redhead. She has also been Chaplain to Youth and Children’s Movements in the Diocese (GFS and Emmaus) and continues to serve as the Chaplain to Lay Liturgical Assistants. This reflects her great desire to minister with people of all ages, and work with and support families. Since 2009 Maree has served as the Rector of Lambton. In December 2010 Maree was elected by Synod and installed to the Canonry of Bishop Tyrrell at Christ Church Cathedral. In this capacity, which is additional to her role at Lambton, she is involved in matters concerning the functions and operations of the cathedral.

Maree is a passionate and loving wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. Her grandchildren love spending time with ‘Ma-Ma’.

She also loves to travel! In 2010 Maree and Terry travelled to the Holy Land on a Pilgrimage for the seventh time. The experience of meeting others, sharing in different cultures and tying this together with their faith, is something that Maree and Terry treasure.