*** DEBUG END ***

Women priests to be ordained in The Murray

16 June 2023

Diocese of the Murray

Churches in the Australian diocese of the Murray

Churches in the Australian diocese of the Murray

THE synod of The Murray, one of four Australian dioceses that had opposed women priests, has voted overwhelmingly for their ordination.

Meeting earlier this month, the Synod voted by 57-4, without debate, to adopt the 1992 General Synod canon providing for women priests. The Bishop, the Rt Revd Keith Dalby, formerly a rector in Sydney, immediately signed the canon into law.

The Murray is a small regional conservative Anglo-Catholic diocese in South Australia, which had close links to the diocese of Sydney because of its previous opposition to women clergy.

The Murray adopted the 1985 General Synod canon for women deacons only in 2016, and was the last Australian diocese to do so. There are now four women deacons in the diocese. The first ordination of women priests is expected to happen quite soon, believes the Ven. Peter Sandeman, who moved the adoption of the canon. He said that the move answered the long-held hopes of many in the diocese.

This leaves just three Australian dioceses where women are not ordained to the priesthood: Sydney and the two regional dioceses of Armidale and North-West Australia, both closely aligned with Sydney.


Browse Church and Charity jobs on the Church Times jobsite

Forthcoming Events

Green Church Awards

Awards Ceremony: 6 September 2024

Read more details about the awards


Festival of Preaching

15-17 September 2024

The festival moves to Cambridge along with a sparkling selection of expert speakers

tickets available



Festival of Faith and Literature

28 February - 2 March 2025

The festival programme is soon to be announced sign up to our newsletter to stay informed about all festival news.

Festival website


ViSIt our Events page for upcoming and past events 

Welcome to the Church Times


To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)