About Us

Welcome to St Oswald’s, a welcoming church committed to living and sharing life in all its fullness.


The challenge for the church is to explore options wider than our experience, to be open to ideas we have yet to encounter or know exist, and to avoid using our own limited experience as the benchmark by which we judge an idea, person or opportunity.

 

Our familiarity with our tradition, past practice and our ingrained biases diminishes our capacity to live the good news in our community. Our familiarity with who we are, where have been and what we know can get in the way of our encountering Jesus, either directly or in those opportunities or people we encounter. We reply with the answers we have become comfortable with, based on what we have experienced.

The Anglican Church is being challenged to discover new questions requiring answers and responding by being open to much more than we individually or corporately know or have experienced.

St Oswald’s accepts this challenge to live with the questions regarding our place in this community, what the future holds for us, how to reinvent ourselves without closing up like a sunflower when the sun goes down, because what we know now seems to be insufficient for the task at hand.

We invite you to join with us as we explore new ways of being community and of living life to the full. Your voice and experience is vital to this journey.


  • Rev Glenn Loughrey, Priest in Charge

    Rev Glenn Loughrey was Instituted on Tuesday 24th February 2015.

    Glenn William Loughrey was ordained in 2009 in Grafton Cathedral. His career has been diverse, pioneering, people-focussed, risky and lately academic and artistic. Glenn married Gaye in 1979 and has a daughter Katrina who was born in 1980. Gaye is a former nurse and is interested in music and has sung with the Sydney Philharmonia Festival Chorus. 

  • Organist

    Dr Calvin Bowman has been our Organist since February 2016. He is a remarkable musician, organist and composer who is coming to work with us in worship.

  • Music Director

    Ulster-born Australian composer and conductor Houston Dunleavy holds a PhD in composition from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master of Music in composition and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

    From 1985 he has pursued an international career as a composer and conductor, moving to the USA in 1988, returning to Australia in 1995 to take up the position of Senior Lecturer in Composition at the University of Wollongong. From 2010-15 he was a freelance composer and conductor, holding positions at The Australian Institute of Music and The Australian National University, and as Musical Director of the Sydney Male Choir. He was Head of Composition and Production at The Australian Institute of Music from 2015 -16 and is now a full time freelance composer and conductor. His music has been performed in many countries, he has been Guest Artist as composer or conductor at over 30 Universities and international festivals and has conducted over 40 full productions of operas and musicals around the world.