Roger Herft

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Roger Herft
Anglican Archbishop of Perth
Church Anglican Church of Australia
See Anglican Diocese of Perth
In office 2005 — present
Predecessor Archbishop Peter Carnley
Successor incumbent
Consecration 11 June 2005
Personal details
Born (1948-07-11)11 July 1948
Wattegama, Sri Lanka
Previous post Bishop of Waikato
Bishop of Newcastle

Roger Adrian Herft AM (born 11 July 1948) is a bishop in the Anglican Church of Australia. He has been the Archbishop of Perth since 2005.[1]

Born in Wattegama, Sri Lanka, Herft studied at the Royal College in Colombo, later training for the ministry at United Theological College of Lanka in Pilimatalawe, receiving a B.Th. and B.D. degree from the University of Serampore.[1][2] After working in parish ministry and prison chaplaincy, he was invited by the Diocese of Waikato in New Zealand to become a Parish Consultant in 1983. In 1986, Herft was elected Bishop of Waikato, becoming one of the youngest bishops in the Anglican Communion.[1][2][3]

Herft was elected Bishop of Newcastle, New South Wales, in 1992 and enthroned at Christ Church Cathedral in May 1993.[1][4] He was chaplain of the 13th Lambeth Conference in 1998.[1][5][6]

In 2004, Herft was elected as the seventh Archbishop of Perth and Metropolitan of the Province of Western Australia and was installed on 11 June 2005, succeeding Peter Carnley.[1][7]

Herft nominated Kay Goldsworthy as Australia's first female Anglican bishop and consecrated her at St George's Cathedral in Perth on 22 May 2008.[8]

Herft is married to Cheryl and they have two adult sons, Romesh and Jason.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Archbishops Biography". Website of the Diocese of Perth. Diocese of Perth. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Archbishop Roger Herft's migration odyssey". The University of Western Australia. Archived from the original on 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  3. ^ "History of the Diocese". Website of the Diocese of Waikato. The Diocese of Waikato. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  4. ^ "A Brief History of Christ Church Cathedral". Website of Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle. The Diocese of Newcastle, Australia. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  5. ^ "Chaplains at the ready in Eliot" (PDF). The Lambeth Daily. The 1998 Lambeth Conference. 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  6. ^ Cynthia McFarland, Brian Reid, and Simon Sarmiento (1998). "The Lambeth Conference". Society of Archbishop Justus. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  7. ^ "Previous Bishops and Archbishop". Website of the Diocese of Perth. Diocese of Perth. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  8. ^ Morris, Linda (23 May 2008). "Blessing of History, as first woman bishop consecrated". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax). Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Peter Carnley
Archbishop of Perth