Kay Goldsworthy elected as Australia’s first woman archbishop 

01 September 2017


THE Bishop of Gippsland, the Rt Revd Kay Goldsworthy, has been elected Archbishop of Perth, West­ern Australia.

She will succeed the Most Revd Roger Herft, who re­­signed (News, 22 December 2016). after admitting to the Royal Com­mis­sion into Insti­tu­tional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that he had let down survivors of sexual abuse when he was Bishop of Newcastle, Victoria, 1993-2005.

Bishop Goldsworthy was consec­rated in 2008 to be an assistant bishop in Perth. In 2015, after Bishop John McIntyre’s sudden death, she was translated to Gipps­land. One of Australia’s first wo­men deacons and priests, she was ap­­pointed an Officer in the Order of Australia for her “distin­guished ser­vice to the Angli­can Church . . . as a pion­eer and role model for women, to church administration, and to pastoral care and equality”.

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