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Australia to have second woman diocesan bishop

19 December 2014


"Panache": Bishop Kay Goldsworthy 

"Panache": Bishop Kay Goldsworthy 

THE first woman bishop in Australia, the Rt Revd Kay Goldsworthy (News, 30 May 2008), is to become its second woman diocesan. A regional bishop in Perth, Bishop Goldsworthy has been elected Bishop of Gippsland.

The first woman diocesan in Australia, Dr Sarah Macneil, became Bishop of Grafton, New South Wales, earlier this year (News, 7 March 2014).

Bishop Goldsworthy's election follows the death of the Rt Revd John McIntyre in June this year. The Archdeacon of Warragul, the Ven. Philip Muston, who has been Administrator of the diocese of Gippsland since Bishop McIntyre's death, said: "I think we are ready for a new bishop, but the signs of grief are still there."

He expects Bishop Goldsworthy to be enthroned in Sale Cathedral in March next year.

Bishop Goldsworthy was among the first women to be made deacon in Australia, in 1986, and in the first group of women ordained to the priesthood, in 1992. The mother of adult twin sons, Bishop Goldsworthy has been a canon of Perth Cathedral, an archdeacon, a member of the General Synod and its Standing Committee, and the clergy representative for Australia on the Anglican Consultative Council. She was consecrated in May 2008.

The Archbishop of Perth, the Most Revd Roger Herft, has written that "Bishop Kay has served the diocese of Perth with fortitude, perseverance, and panache."

Australia now has four women bishops in active ministry.

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