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Parish Priest

 Fr Paul Devenport

Father Paul grew up at Port Pirie and Adelaide and was educated at Risdon Park Primary School and at St Peter’s College. Paul began his career as a bank officer with the Savings Bank of South Australia in Adelaide and at Millicent. His passion for radio led him to work in commercial radio in Adelaide and interstate in Newcastle and Launceston as an announcer, journalist and producer of programs. In 1984, he was awarded as the Best Radio Journalist for northern NSW.

He joined the ABC in 1985 in Adelaide as a journalist. In the four years, he was asked to relieve at all of the ABC South Australian regions including Renmark on several occasions. His love for regional radio led him to being appointed as the Journalist to the ABC on Eyre Peninsula, based at Port Lincoln. In 1995, Paul was appointed News Editor for ABC Illawarra, based in Wollongong, south of Sydney. During that time, he ran the newsroom, acted as Manager of the Station on many occasions and presented the breakfast program.

Paul has been an active member of the church over the years, as a Lay Reader, a Warden, a Treasurer and as a Server. In 2004, he was accepted for ordination in The Diocese of The Murray and began his theological studies at St Mark’s Theological College in Canberra. Paul undertook training at St Luke’s Mosman in Sydney and was ordained a Deacon in 2008 and a Priest in 2010. He was the Priest Assistant in the Pastoral District of the Southern Vales, based at McLaren Vale until his appointment to The Riverland.

His diocesan duties include being a member of Diocesan Council, ABM Provincial Council and the Provincial Council of SA. He is also the Editor of the Diocesan magazine, The Murray Anglican.

Paul is married to Helen and has two children, James and Megan. Both children are studying at the University of Adelaide. James, having gained first class honours in Marine Biology, is now working as a supervisor at an abalone farm at Portland in western Victoria. Paul’s father is also a priest and is retired, although he helps out taking services at Mt Pleasant, Mt Torrens and in the Southern Vales.

In the time Paul has to spare, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, holidays of course, going to the gym, swimming and bushwalking. He admits he loves the AFL too!

Parish Office - Saint Augustines Rectory
James Street Renmark
PO Box 1194 Renmark SA 5341
08 8586 3288 or 0412 320 375

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Parish Office
James St Renmark
PO Box 1194, Renmark 5341
Ph: 08 8586 3288