Magazine article Anglican Journal

Been There, Done That: A Navy Officer-Turned-Chaplain Knows the Ropes

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Been There, Done That: A Navy Officer-Turned-Chaplain Knows the Ropes

Article excerpt

LIFE AT SEA is always busy but also singularly focused. For one young naval officer trained to navigate, the long weeks and months surrounded by "the majesty of God's creation" led to reflection and profound questions.

"I started to ask myself, 'What's it all about?' Is this all there is in life?" says Cmdr. Rick Durrett, now Navy Command Chaplain in Ottawa.

A lifelong Anglican whose father, Peter, was an Anglican priest, Durrett decided he could navigate more effectively as a navy chaplain.

After completing a Master of Divinity degree at Vancouver School of Theology and a one-year internship as a deacon at Christ Church Cathedral aboard the HMCS Discovery-the naval research unit in Vancouver-Durrett was stationed to northern Ontario, "beyond the Cedar Curtain," for a two-year practicum.

"God was preparing me with all these different experiences," he says, adding that being a navy officer allowed him to have first-hand knowledge of the stresses personnel faced. …

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