Mgr John Woods assisting Canberra Raiders players to tackle off-field issues
When Canberra Raiders’ players come up against problems in life that even they fear to tackle, they seek out someone who has been a permanent fixture at the club for almost three decades – team chaplain, Mgr John Woods.
The Vicar-General of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn has filled the voluntary role of club chaplain since 1986, when sports chaplaincy was a new, novel idea for many in Australia.
Raiders front rower Dane Tilse has known Mgr Woods since joining the Raiders in 2006, and says he appreciates the spiritual support.
“A lot of the boys are of different faiths in the team, but that doesn’t really matter, Father John’s always there for a yarn if you’re having a few issues,” he says. “I know in the past I’ve been to see him personally and I got a fair bit out of that.”
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