An Ordinary Bloke
From unlikely beginnings, Eugene Lincoln Napoleon Veith established a business that became the largest capital city metropolitan parcel organisation in Australia. Yet despite his grand name and success, Eugene Veith always described himself as an ordinary bloke. He grew up...
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From unlikely beginnings, Eugene Lincoln Napoleon Veith established a business that became the largest capital city metropolitan parcel organisation in Australia. Yet despite his grand name and success, Eugene Veith always described himself as an ordinary bloke. He grew up in rural Victoria amidst illness and poverty, and his adolescence was turbulent and painful. It was also the time when his childhood faith burst open in an event that was the beginning of his love affair with God which matured throughout his long life. In time, he realised his dream of using the profits from his business to support Christian missions and challenge unjust social structures. The legacy of this continues to grow today through the Entrust Foundation, which he established in 2008, not long before he died. This is the outer expression of his inner life with God. In the general rush of everyday living, people seldom talk of their experience of God at a deep and intimate level, but in the right context and at the right time, some do. When this happens, it is a rare privilege to listen in and to recognise that we are on holy ground. An Ordinary Bloke: The Making of a Modern Mystic provides us with that opportunity.
Jill Manton is well known for her ministry of spiritual formation in theological education and for her ecumenical leadership in the development of formation programs for spiritual directors. She was the founding director of the WellSpring Ecumenical Spirituality Centre in Ashburton, Victoria and has extensive pastoral experience through her parish ministry within the Baptist tradition. In retirement, Jill remains in active ministry as a retreat leader, spiritual director, supervisor of spiritual directors and teacher. She is deeply committed to human and environmental rights through a variety of associations and to interfaith understanding through dialogue and friendship. Jill is the mother of three adult children and has four grandchildren. She enjoys living on the Mornington Peninsula near the sea.