Anglican Diocese of Armidale
|Diocese of Armidale|
|Ecclesiastical province||New South Wales|
|Cathedral||St Peter's Cathedral Armidale|
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.
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.
The Diocese of Armidale has three affiliated independent Anglican schools:
- The Armidale School (TAS), founded 1894
- New England Girls' School (NEGS), Armidale, founded 1895
- Calrossy Anglican School, Tamworth, incorporating Calrossy Anglican School for Girls (founded 1919), William Cowper Anglican Boys High School and William Cowper Primary School
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.
List of Bishops of Armidale
|Bishops of Grafton and Armidale 1867-1914|
|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|
|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.|
|2000||2012||Peter Robert Brain|
|2012||present||Rick Lewers||Consecrated and installed May 2012.|
- Holiness, Sexuality and Love, Anglican Diocese of Armidale Website, 5 January 2016
- "Link Diocese - North Kigezi". Diocesan Profile. Diocese of Armidale. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
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