Captain Sean Furey and his wife Major Marilyn Furey say it’s great to be back in small-town Newfoundland.
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Major Marilyn Furey and Captain Sean Furey recently took oer the Port aux Basques Salvation Army Citadel. The couple are hoping to expand community services offered by the church.
The new ministers at the Salvation Army Citadel in Port aux Basques hail from River Head in St. Mary’s Bay, but spent the last nine years in Dartmouth, N.S. leading a ministry there. Before that they were in St. John’s.
The Fureys took over the Port aux Basques church at the beginning of July. Captain Furey said right now they are focusing on getting to know their parishioners and determining the needs of the community.
Captain Furey will be leading community and family services while Major Furey is in charge of the church.
Captain Furey said Port aux Basques is a much smaller parish than their last posting in Dartmouth. In 2006 the pair distributed $1 million in goods and services throughout the Dartmouth area.
“We had a huge family services ministry in Dartmouth,” he said. “I assisted 14,000 people last year. When I look at this place I see it is really tiny.”
But for the Captain (he said everyone just calls him Captain), small is beautiful
“The people here are great,” he said. “They’re very warm and very open.”
So far they’ve been invited to go fishing twice and they’ve also been out picking bakeapples.
While the needs of the community are not clear yet, Captain Furey said he is planning on restarting a bible study at the citadel in September. He wants to begin with Revelation. That will run for several months.
Major Furey said her interests lie in helping seniors and children. She wants to do some sort of program to assist seniors although she is not sure how it will work just yet.
“Not just the seniors in our church but the seniors in the community,” said Major Furey.
She also hopes to start a moms and tots program similar to the one she was running in Dartmouth.
She is currently working on a certificate through the chaplaincy on counselling women who have been in abusive relationships. She said that is something that grew out of her work on the moms and tots program.
Moving to a small town again after city life isn’t the only adjustment for the Fureys. They are now empty nesters for the first time. Their two sons are now attending school. David, their oldest, is attending Aviation school in Nova Scotia while their other son Andrew is now studying at the Marine Institute.