95-97 Maude St, Shepparton

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Reverend Jerome Francis, St Augustines Shepparton

Reverend Jerome Francis

Jerome is a priest with 27 years’ experience, ordained in 1996, in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. He was born in Cape Town, South Africa into a family of five and is the youngest. He was raised in the Anglican Church and was a choir member and Sunday school teacher, having a great love for the Lord.

In 1993, he attended the Anglican Theological College in Grahamstown completing a Diploma in Theology and in 2012, he completed a BA Honours Degree in Theology at the University of Western Cape (UWC).  

He served within various parishes such as All Saints Atlantis (rural), St Margaret’s Parow (urban), St Oswald’s Milnerton (urban and was rector to Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Mphilo Tutu) and St Saviour’s Claremont. (Urban).

Jerome’s extra ministerial commitments consisted of being the domestic chaplain to Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane; Chief of Staff to Archbishop Thabo Makgoba; a Canon in the Diocese of Saldanha Bay and Cape Town; placement rector of Mrs. Monica Wedlock (a Seminarian from Columbia Seminary United States); chaplain to the Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape Archbishop Thabo Makgoba; Diocesan Representative to Provincial Synod; Chaplain to Provincial Synod, representative at the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) and Honorary Provincial Canon.

His international ministry experience consists of being an exchange student – (attending a six-week course at St George’s Anglican College Jerusalem -. “The Bible and its Setting/Youth Course”; Sabbatical Diocese of the Indian Ocean (Mauritius); a visiting priest at St Paul’s Church Corinth Mississippi (invited and financed by St Paul’s); taking a Pilgrimage to Jerusalem invited and financed by Maccabee Trust 2014 International; a visitor and preacher at St George’s Anglican Cathedral Jerusalem; attended the Anglican Consultative Council Meeting in Lusaka; attended the Community of the Cross of Nails International Gathering in Coventry; preached and visited St Augustine Shepparton and attended the Anglican Consultative Council Hong Kong.  

Between 2019 and 2023 in Australia, Jerome was elected as the Representative for the Northwest Deanery within the Anglicare Parish Partnerships (PPM), Training Rector for Revd David Kerr over two years. He spoke at Shepparton Rotary Club, the theme “From Africa to Australia,” He spoke on “Vocations” to Year 12 students at Notre Dame Catholic Private College. He preached at St Brendan’s Catholic Church on” Christian unity.” Synod Representatives elected Jerome as a Member of the Bishop in Council and as a member of the Diocesan Board of Nominators in the Diocese of Wangaratta. Jerome was elected as Area Dean of the Northwest Deanery (Archdeacon). He led a Diocesan Quiet Day on the Season of Creation and initiated and coordinated a Mobile Soup Kitchen during winter. He was elected as a council member of All Saints Anglican School Shepparton. 

Jerome’s passion for ministry includes community building, pastoral care, social development, social justice, youth, environmental justice, gender justice and ecumenism.  His personal interests include hiking, camping, reading, cycling, and driving and he has a deep love of people.

Jerome is married to Amanda Letasha Francis, and they have two children, Caleb and Connor.