The newly-installed Bishop of Newcastle, Peter Stuart, has announced the appointment of 2 new assistant bishops, one of them a woman.

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.

The appointment of a woman bishop was clearly signalled by Stuart upon his election as bishop. As the current Diocesan Archdeacon she was a natural choice for the position.

The Newcastle Herald reports on the appointments, describing it as an “historic move“.

image: Newcastle Herald

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