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Archdeacon Monty Black

Update: 31 January 13

Next month, the Venerable Monty Black will retire as Vicar of the Parish of Onslow and Archdeacon of Ohariu. Monty and Hilary are to be farewelled from the Parish this Sunday, 3 February. 

Monty entered the ordained ministry just over 41 years ago. He has served 26 of those years in this Diocese – as Assistant Curate in Hawera and Wellington Cathedral; as Vicar of Kiwitea, Taihape, Khandallah and Onslow. 

During his time 'away' from the Wellington Diocese, Monty was Vicar of Holy Trinity, Stratford and St Matthew's, Hastings. In Stratford, Monty was also Chaplain to St Mary's Diocesan School and in Hastings, was very involved in the establishment of St Matthew's Primary School. This experience and passion for Christian education is evidenced in the establishment of the 'Catechesis of the Good Shepherd' and 'Box Hill Kids' in Khandallah.

One of Monty's other passions is that of liturgy and worship. In addition to a disciplined devotional life and deep understanding of good liturgy, Monty is currently Convenor of the Tikanga Pakeha Liturgical Working Group and is one of their representatives on the Common Life Liturgical Commission. Monty recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies (Liturgics) from the Vancouver School of Theological Studies. The Order of St John has also been an important part of Monty's broader ministry. He served as the Central Regional Chaplain from 2004 and is currently the Priory Dean of St John in New Zealand. 

Monty has been an advocate for change within the Diocese and for addressing key issues facing Mission Units. This is borne out by Monty's membership of Temples and Tabernacles; his time-consuming involvement on the committee to revise the Diocesan Parishes Act; and Chair of the Diocesan Insurance Board. Closer to home, Monty led the merger of the Ngaio and Khandallah Parishes into Onslow Anglicans and the sensitive issue of the closure of All Saints, Ngaio due to a low earthquake assessment. Monty has served as Archdeacon of Ohariu since 2004, Deputy Vicar General in the South since 2010 and as a member of the Diocesan Tribunal.

Monty, the Diocese of Wellington thanks you for your long and faithful service to our Lord and the Anglican Church as a priest, pastor, pioneer and encourager. We prayerfully wish you and Hilary a long and happy retirement and a continued ministry in whatever form that may take. 

Page updated: 31 January 13

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May the love of Almighty God enfold you!