In an ad clerum issued last night Archbishop Philip Freier of Melbourne, Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, announced to his clergy that has has “obtained the concurrence of the Council of the Diocese” to appoint Genieve Blackwell, currently Assistant Bishop in Canberra-Goulburn, as the new Assistant Bishop in Melbourne.
Archbishop Freier wrote,
She comes to us with great experience of fruitful ministry and leadership in some tough places. Bishop Genieve will give very effective leadership amongst us in the Diocese of Melbourne. Please pray for Bishop Genieve, her husband John and their two children as they prepare for this transition. The commencement date is to be agreed.
From the Canberra Goulburn Diocese website:
Bishop Genieve Blackwell
The Right Rev’d Genieve Blackwell is Regional Bishop in Wagga Wagga.
On March 31 2012, she became the first woman to be consecrated as a bishop in the Province of NSW and the third in Australia, at a service held at St Saviour’s Cathedral, Goulburn.
Bishop Genieve was born in Western Australia, the daughter of a Methodist minister, but grew up near Wagga. After university, she trained at Moore Theological College, Sydney, from 1989 to 1992 and ministered in the NSW central-west parishes of Gulgong and Grenfell before moving to Yass, near Canberra in 2005. She was Archdeacon for Rural Ministry from 2007 to 2012.
Bishop Genieve is also Rector of St Paul’s,Turvey Park, a suburb of Wagga. She is married to John and has two children, Baith and Harry.
Bishop Genieve replaces Bishop Barbara Darling who retired earlier this year.