The Reverend Peter Lockyer was born and grew up in Armidale, N.S.W., before moving to Sydney in 1956. Working as a clerk in the P.M.G. and then in the Prime Minister’s Department he lived in the C.E.N.E.F. Hostel, Castlereigh Street and worshipped at St. James’ Church, King Street. In 1961 he began training for the ministry in St. John’s College, Morpeth, gained a Licentiate of Theology with second class honours and was ordained priest in 1964. Appointments in the Diocese of Armidale were as Assistant Curate in Gunnedah, Associate Priest in Glen Innes, Priest in Charge of Delungra and Associate Priest in St. John’s, Tamworth. Then there was a period as Associate Priest in the Parish of Lismore, Diocese of Grafton.
In the Diocese of Brisbane he served as Rector of Rosewood, Vicar of Pine Rivers South and of St. George’s, Windsor where he was also Assistant Chaplain in the Royal Brisbane Hospital. In 1987 he began as Chaplain in the Prince Charles Hospital, Chermside. Becoming the Co-ordinating Chaplain he expanded the ecumenical Pastoral Care Service. He was involved as a supervisor in the Ecumenical Hospital Chaplaincy Course and lead an Introduction to Pastoral Care Programme where many lay people were prepared for that ministry. For six years he was President of the Queensland Branch of the Health and Welfare Chaplains’ Association, and served as Secretary of the National Committee. In 1997 he chaired the organising committee preparing for the Association’s National Conference in Brisbane.
Peter became a member of the Third Order of the Society of Saint Francis in 1974 and has a continuing interest in Spirituality. He served as Regional Minister for the South Queensland Region of the Third Order and chaired the committee organising the National Conference in Brisbane in 1999. Over a number of years he has conducted Quiet Days and Retreats for the Third Order, clergy in the Dioceses of Armidale, Brisbane and Grafton, the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent and the Parish of the Resurrection, Aspley/Albany Creek. A long standing association with the Parish of St. Clement’s, Stafford, involved working in an honorary capacity with three of the Rectors and other clergy of that parish. He has provided Spiritual Direction.
Since retirement in 2005 he has been Locum twice in the parish of Milton and, in the parishes of Sandgate/Northpoint and St. Columb’s, Clayfield in Brisbane Diocese and Mullumbimby and Wauchope in the Diocese of Grafton. He conducts monthly worship in a Nursing Home, a Retirement Village, on a Wednesday and when needed leads weekend worship in the Church of the Resurrection.
Married to Patricia early in 1965 they have four children. A son and daughter live in Brisbane, a daughter in Darwin and and a son in Macau, China. There are six grandchildren. In addition to being in touch with the extended family and former parishioners Peter cares for the home garden, reads, enjoys conversation, writing and daily walks. He is a member of a weekly prayer group in the local Roman Catholic Parish and has led Lenten study groups for a number of years. Leading groups and spiritual direction are two of his specialities.