Nov 27, 2018
Father Christopher Gardiner
My 7 Years in St Petersburg
Our guest speaker for the 27th November is Father Christopher Gardiner
who is a [virtually] retired Franciscan priest who will be talking about
his posting to St. Petersburg, Russia for 7 years. His talk is something
Though Father Gardiner has had 62 years of religous life and 55 of those
years in the priesthood, it will not be a religious talk.
His topic will probably be “Seven years in St Petersburg”.
Father Gardiner was born in Paddington, spent his primary education
in West Wyalong and Bowral, before attending secondary education at
Waverley College.



He has had various interesting Australian and international postings during

his career as a priest including 5 years in the Holy Land, Israel and 2
years in Rome.
On 27 November he will speak about his 7 years as a priest with the
Franciscan Foundation in St. Petersburg, Russia. He arrived alone on
28 November 2008, in a communist country with its harsh weather,
speaking and writing virtually no Russian and knowing no one. Certainly a
challenging start.
In 2016 Father Gardiner returned to Australia.