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Maddison is Living Her Dreams

Maddison is Living Her Dreams

Maddison Elliot has achieved a lot for a teenager - gold medals, world records, and an OAM. A true inspiration to all, we took the time to chat with Maddison to find out how it all began, what keeps her motivated, and her ambitions for the future.

Kate’s Creative Eye

Kate’s Creative Eye

Kate Norgrove, student at Lake’s Grammar – An Anglican College, has taken out first prize in the open portraiture section at Morisset Annual Show with this breathtaking photo.

Millie Maund is breaking boards and records

Millie Maund is breaking boards and records

A black belt in taekwondo is a victorious achievement, and a degree of competence usually credited to adults. However, Millie Maund is breaking all the records, earning her black belt in taekwondo at the age of 10.

ANZAC Remembrance at the Cathedral

ANZAC Remembrance at the Cathedral

The Cathedral is one of the most significant War Memorial sites in Australia and this year we will be commemorating ANZAC Day on Sunday April 27 at a special 6pm service.

Anglican Care: Farewell Father Terry

Anglican Care: Farewell Father Terry

Anglican Care’s Chaplain, Reverend Terry Frewin, has recently left Anglican Care to enjoy retirement.

Tech Savvy Seniors

Tech Savvy Seniors

Anglican Care Another Successful Group of Graduates Don their Caps and Gowns as Tech Savvy Seniors

Anglican Women enjoy the silence

Anglican Women enjoy the silence

The two Lenten Retreats held at The Monastery, Stroud in March had capacity numbers, drawing women from throughout the Diocese

Taking Lent to the Streets

Taking Lent to the Streets

Raymond Terrace priest Fr Chris Yates headed to the streets to share the fi rst day of Lent with the local residents.

Grandparent’s Day at Scone Grammar School

Grandparent’s Day at Scone Grammar School

Scone Grammar School hosted and celebrated another successful Grandparent’s Day on March 14.

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The Right Reverend Dr Brian Farran

12th Bishop of Newcastle

Born: 1944

Education: Bishop Brian Farran is a graduate of the Australian National University (Bachelor of Arts 1968) and Deakin University (Bachelor of Letters (Hons) 1992).

He studied theology at St John’s College Morpeth and was awarded a Licentiate in Theology (Hons) from the Australian College of Theology in 1965.

In April 2005 Bishop Farran was awarded the degree of Doctor of Ministry Studies from Melbourne College of Divinity for his thesis Becoming Ministering Communities – the narrative of the development of a new model of church for the rural and remote regions of the Diocese of Perth, Western Australia.

Ministry: Bishop Farran has served the Anglican Church of Australia in the Dioceses of the Riverina, Canberra & Goulburn, Rockhampton and Perth.

In March 2005 he was elected the twelfth Bishop of Newcastle and was enthroned on June 24, 2005.

Consecrated a bishop in 1992, Bishop Farran has served as Bishop of the Goldfields (1992-1998) and Bishop of the Northern Region (1998-2005) within the Diocese of Perth.

He has also served as Dean of Rockhampton and Regional Director for the Australian Board of Missions in Victoria.

Committees and Memberships: Bishop Farran is a member of the Standing Committee of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia.

In Perth he was the Chairman of Peter Moyes Anglican Community School, and a Fellow of the Guildford Grammar School Council.


2000 - Discerning Leadership for a Ministering Community

1994 - A New Vision for our Church: Becoming Ministering Communities

Family: Bishop Farran is married to Robin, a registered nurse, and they have three adult children.

Interests: Cinema, reading, music, walking and football.

View some of his writings here.


Bishops of Newcastle

William Tyrrell,D.D., 1847-1879

Josiah Brown Pearson,LL.D.,D.D., 1880-1889

George Henry Stanton,D.D., 1890-1905

John Francis Stretch,D.D., 1906-1919

Reginald Stephen,D.D., 1919-1928

George Merrick Long,C.B.E., D.D.,LL.D.,V.D., 1928-1930

Francis de Witt Batty,M.A.,Th.Soc., 1931-1958

James Alan George Housden,B.A.,Th.D., 1958-1972

Ian Wotton Allnutt Shevill,A.O.,M.A.,Th.D., 1973-1977

Alfred Charles Holland,B.A.,Dip.Th., 1978-1992

Roger Adrian Herft, B.D., B.TH., 1993-2005

Brian George Farran, B.A., B.Litt, B.Th.L., DMinStuds. 2005-2012


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