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Bishops appointed in Australia

09 January 2015

SHUTTERSTOCK

AFTER the recent election of the Assistant Bishop of Perth, the Rt Revd Kay Goldsworthy, as Bishop of the diocese of Gippsland (News, 19 December), another woman bishop is also to move into the state.

The Rector and Assistant Bishop in the diocese of Canberra & Goulburn in New South Wales, the Rt Revd Genieve Blackwell, has been appointed an Assistant Bishop in the diocese of Melbourne. She is expected to move to the diocese in the second quarter of 2015.

Bishop Blackwell has been described by the Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier, as a "minister who has worked well in quite tough places where the work of the Church isn't always successful".

A graduate of Moore Theological College, Sydney, Bishop Blackwell was ordained deacon in Sydney diocese in 1993, before being ordained priest in the diocese of Bathurst in 1998. She was consecrated a bishop in Canberra & Goulburn in 2012.

New Aboriginal bishop. The diocese of Adelaide has appointed the first Aboriginal bishop for the state of South Australia.

The Revd Chris McLeod, a Gurindji man who is currently a rector in Adelaide, has been involved in ministry with Aboriginal people for more than 20 years - the time he has been in Anglican orders. He will be consecrated as an Assistant Bishop in the diocese of Adelaide later this year.

Mr McLeod, who is a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglican Council, said that for many Aboriginal people spirituality was integral to their well-being. "I hope to encourage those who are Christian to live out their faith in close connection to their culture," he said.

"For those who are not Christian, I hope to be able to encourage them to see that the good news of Jesus is compatible with a celebration of Aboriginal identity."

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