Anglican Diocese of Armidale

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Diocese of Armidale
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Ecclesiastical province New South Wales
Coordinates 30°S 150°E / 30°S 150°E / -30; 150Coordinates: 30°S 150°E / 30°S 150°E / -30; 150
Churches 34
Rite Anglican
Cathedral St Peter's Cathedral Armidale
Current leadership
Bishop Rick Lewers

The Anglican Diocese of Armidale is a diocese of the Anglican Church of Australia located in the state of New South Wales. The diocese was created in 1914 as a result of a division of the previous Diocese of Grafton and Armidale which was created by letters patent in 1863.

Once relatively Anglo-Catholic in its liturgical and theological leanings, since the mid-20th century the diocese has leant more towards the neighbouring Diocese of Sydney and its particular form of Evangelical teaching and liturgy. The diocese is theologically conservative and holds to the traditional Anglican beliefs on human sexuality, disapproving same-sex unions.[1]

The diocese includes the regional cities of Tamworth and Armidale and the towns of Glen Innes, Tenterfield, Inverell, Moree, Gunnedah and Narrabri.

Rick Lewers has been the Bishop of Armidale since May 2012.


The cathedral church of the diocese is St Peter's Cathedral in Armidale. It was consecrated for worship in 1875. The cathedral was designed by the Canadian architect John Horbury Hunt who also designed the University of New England. The foundation stone was laid by James F. Turner, Bishop of Grafton and Armidale.[2]


The Diocese of Armidale has three affiliated independent Anglican schools:

Linked diocese[edit]

Following a 2004 synod visit by Bishop Edward Muhima of the Diocese of North Kigezi in Uganda, there has been a forging of a support link between the two dioceses. The Diocese of North Kigezi is in the South West of Uganda, with its office in Rukunjiri.[3]

List of Bishops of Armidale[edit]

Bishops of Grafton and Armidale 1867-1914
From Until Incumbent Notes
1867 1868 William Collinson Sawyer drowned in the River Clarence before his enthonement
1869 1893 James Francis Turner
1894 1901 Arthur Vincent Green translated to Ballarat
1901 1914 Henry Edward Cooper thereafter Bishop of Armidale
Bishops of Armidale 1914–present
From Until Incumbent Notes
1914 1916 Henry Edward Cooper previously Bishop of Grafton and Armidale
1916 1929 Wentworth Francis Wentworth-Sheilds
1929 1964 John Stoward Moyes
1965 1976 Ronald Clive Kerle Previously bishop coadjutor in Sydney since 1956.
1976 1999 Peter Chiswell
2000 2012 Peter Robert Brain
2012 present Rick Lewers Consecrated and installed May 2012.


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