Spouse(s) John Silversides
Baith Silversides, Harry Silversides
Genieve Blackwell is a bishop of the Anglican Church of Australia currently serving as an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn. She was the first woman to be consecrated as a bishop in the state of New South Wales and the third in Australia. She was consecrated on 31 March 2012 and commissioned as Regional Bishop of Wagga Wagga at a service held in St Saviour's Cathedral, Goulburn, the cathedral church of the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn. [1 ] [2 ] [3 ] [4 ] Blackwell was also the Rector of the parish of [5 ] Turvey Park, a suburb of Wagga Wagga.
On 19 December 2014 it was announced that Blackwell had been appointed an assistant bishop in the
Anglican Diocese of Melbourne with oversight of the eastern region, to commence in mid 2015. [6 ]
Early life and family [ edit ]
Blackwell is the daughter of a
Methodist minister. She was born in Western Australia and her family subsequently moved to the Wagga Wagga district. She is married to John Silversides and has two children, Baith and Harry.
Training and ministry [ edit ]
After attending the
University of Sydney, where she became an Anglican, Blackwell studied at Moore Theological College from 1989 to 1992 and ministered in the parishes of Gulgong and Grenfell. She moved to Yass in 2005, becoming an archdeacon about three years before being consecrated as a bishop and was given the additional responsibility of ministering to diocesan clergy during the drought. [7 ]
Most of the Anglican Church in Australia has embraced the
ordination of women as priests and bishops, although a notable opponent has been Peter Jensen, a former Archbishop of Sydney. [8 ] [9 ]
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