CQUniversity’s new chaplain, Matthew Taylor recently arrived at the Rockhampton North campus and is already making connections with staff, students and the general community. He’s passionate about people and is looking forward to providing guidance and counselling from the Multi-Faith Centre on campus.
What is your first memory?
An image of my grandfather standing in his kitchen doorway. He was looking down at me and smiling. I was three when he died.
What was a recent highlight in your life?
Moving with my wife from the Southern Highlands of New South Wales to Rockhampton. We loved the Southern Highlands, but didn’t love being cold. I know, I know … ‘wait ‘till summer!’.
If you could solve any social issue in your community, what would you tackle first?
There are so many, but a big one is domestic violence. To tackle this though, we must recognise that this is a symptom of deeper issues. I want everyone to know true love, peace and contentment, but learning how to forgive and be forgiven is a big step forward.
What do you love most about your role?
Being available for people. Sometimes people want to share their good times and sometimes they want to share their difficult and painful times. Knowing that they don’t have to walk alone is a great comfort.
What is a motto or phrase that you live by?
If a problem is not worth praying about, it’s not worth worrying about. I keep that in my wallet to remind me.
If your office was burning down, what would be the one thing you grabbed on the way out the door?
You, if you were visiting me at the Multi-Faith Centre.
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
I’d love to be able to fly, but then who wouldn’t? The more impressive superpower though would be keeping the bugs out of your teeth while you were flying.
Jamie Oliver is coming for dinner – what do you make for him?
Room in the kitchen beside me. I’m not too proud to ask for help, and I’m sure he’d love to teach. Perhaps he could improve my chicken nachos.