Dear sisters and brothers,
I am delighted to inform you that the Diocesan Council has concurred with my nomination of the Venerable Canon Sonia Roulston to become the Assistant Bishop (Inland Episcopate) to exercise episcopal ministry in the Upper Hunter, Maitland and Paterson Deaneries as well as working closely with the Diocesan Ministry Council.
I am also delighted to inform you that the Diocesan Council has concurred with my nomination of the Venerable Charlie Murry to become the Assistant Bishop (Coastal Episcopate) to exercise episcopal ministry in the Central Coast, Lake Macquarie and Manning Deaneries as well as working closely with the Newcastle Anglican Church Corporation Board.
My ministry will be across the whole of the Diocese and it will be a joy to share episcopal leadership with Charlie and Sonia.
The service of Episcopal Ordination will take place in the Cathedral Church of Christ the King, Newcastle at 6pm on Ascension Day (10 May). The Metropolitan is unable to be present but has indicated his good wishes towards us in making these appointments. He looks forward to welcoming Sonia and Charlie as bishops in the province to the mid-year gathering of NSW bishops.
The Venerable Arthur Copeman has accepted my invitation that he take up the role of Archdeacon of Newcastle. This is no longer a remunerated ministry but continues to be an important role in our diocesan life. Arthur will be continuing his leadership at New Lambton and ANEW as well as continuing to explore opportunities for church planting. I look forward to working with Arthur in specific aspects of ministry in the Newcastle Deanery.
I know that you will continue to pray for the senior ministry leadership team of the Diocese being the Bishop, the Assistant Bishops, the Archdeacon of Newcastle, the Dean and the Diocesan Chief Executive.
I look forward to seeing the clergy on Thursday and Friday as we engage in the next parts of our work together.
With every blessing,
(Photo source: Newcastle Herald)