Kay Goldsworthy has been elected as the 8th Archbishop of Perth, and the first woman to take on such a role as Metropolitan in Australia.
The announcement was made by the Diocese of Perth earlier today:
Goldsworthy was one of the frontrunners for the position. When we reported on her appointment to Gippsland in 2014 we noted,
Goldsworthy’s name has been regularly mentioned in discussion surrounding a successor for Herft when he retires in a few years. One senior figure in the church told me that her taking up a full diocesan position would be seen as an important legitimising step towards returning to Perth as Metropolitan. The synod there will be looking for someone far more sympathetic to their liberalising agenda than Herft has proven to be.
Goldsworthy’s election comes less than one week before the beginning of the 2017 General Synod in Australia.