New role for a familiar face

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New role for a familiar face

Patients and visitors to Calvary and St John’s Hospitals will see a familiar face buzzing around the two Hobart campuses, with the appointment of Tony Brennan as Director of Mission at Calvary Hobart.

Mr Brennan is well-known in Tasmania’s Catholic community, having recently served in the role as Team Leader for Mission and Religious Education at the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office, and as Head of Campus for the Hobart Flexible Learning Centre. Mr Brennan has spent more than 25 years working in Catholic Education in Tasmania, encouraging and inspiring students’ understanding of Catholicism.

He hit the ground running in his new role in April this year.

“I’ve been familiarising myself with the many aspects of the role and its integral function to team structure and spiritual care,” Mr Brennan said.

“So far, the job has felt like being caught up in Hobart’s changeable autumn weather: the warmth of everybody’s welcome; the cool winter chills of rushing through foyers, and the dusting of snow on the mountain reminding everyone of the beauty of both our hospital environments.”

Mr Brennan is quickly learning the acronyms and jargon of the healthcare sector, while meeting with staff and colleagues with whom he will be working in pastoral care, volunteering, administration and clinical care. 

“It won’t be long before people know me as the guy who plays the guitar and gives out pears!” he said.

It wasn’t long before Mr Brennan demonstrated his musical prowess and approachable nature when he met young hospital visitor Harry Duniam recently. It was clear Tony had the young lad’s attention immediately upon starting the tune ‘This old man called Michael Finnegan’ in the Little Company Café. Harry had travelled all the way from Ulverstone with his mother and grandmother for a hospital appointment.

Photo: Showing his diversity in the Director of Mission role, Mr Brennan won over the affection of young hospital visitor Harry Duniam (left).