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The Assistant Bishop of Canberra & Goulburn, the Rt. Rev. Genieve Blackwell December 17, 2011

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Genieve Blackwell

The Bishop of Canberra & Goulburn has appointed the diocese’s first woman assistant bishop. The Rt. Rev. Stuart Robinson has appointed Archdeacon Genieve Blackwell to be Assistant Bishop with responsibility for Wagga Wagga, the North-West and South-West of the diocese.  The appointment has been endorsed by the diocesan synod and has the “Bishop in Council, the Primate and the Bishops of the Province of NSW,” he wrote on 3 December 2011.

The diocesan statement said the post would be part time, and would be combined with the positions of rector of Turvey Park and Archdeacon of Wagga Wagga.

The consecration for the new bishop is scheduled for 31 March 2012 at St. Saviours Cathedral, Goulburn. The chief Consecrator will be Dr Brain Farran, Bishop of Newcastle.

Here is a link to an ABC story announcing the appointment.


The Assistant Bishop of Adelaide, the Rt. Rev. Timothy Harris August 18, 2011

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The Rt. Rev. Timothy Harris

The Archbishop of Adelaide, the Most Rev. Jeffrey Driver has appointed an Assistant Bishop for Mission and Evangelism.

The appointment of the Ven. Tim Harris, Dean of Bishopdale College and Archdeacon for Theological Education and Ministry Formation in the Diocese of Nelson, New Zealand was announced by Dr. Driver on July 14, 2011.

(Note on Australian Anglican terminology: the Australian Church uses the title Assistant Bishop as opposed to the title Suffragan Bishop.  Some Australian Assistant Bishops have geographic areas of responsibility and are known as, for example the Assistant Bishop of North Sydney.  Other Assistant Bishops do not have geographic responsibilities but are given specific ministries, such as Bishop-elect Harris in Adelaide.)

A diocesan press release stated Bishop-elect Harris will have “some involvement with general episcopal responsibilities including confirmations and ordinations, the Bishop for Mission and Evangelism will [also] focus on the development of ‘fresh expressions’ of church, congregational planting and parish renewal.

The new bishop’s consecration will take place on Nov 20, 2011 at St Peter’s Cathedral in Adelaide.

Here is a link to the Diocesan announcement, and a link from the Church of New Zealand’s news service with comments from Bishop Richard Ellena of Nelson about the work of the new bishop in New Zealand.