Genieve Blackwell

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Genieve Blackwell
Nationality Australian
Occupation Anglican bishop
Spouse(s) John Silversides
Children two

Genieve Blackwell is a bishop of the Anglican Church of Australia, currently serving as an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Melbourne. She was the first woman to be consecrated as a bishop in the state of New South Wales and the third in Australia.

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 in New South Wales. She is married to John Silversides and has two children.

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. She was ordained deacon in the Diocese of Sydney in 1993 and was subsequently ordained priest in the Diocese of Bathurst in 1998[1] where she ministered in the parishes of Gulgong and Grenfell. She moved to Yass in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn in 2005. From 2007 to the time of her appointment as bishop she was Archdeacon for Rural Ministry with the particular responsibility of ministering to clergy in the mainly rural diocese during a long period of drought.[2]

On 3 December 2011 her appointment as an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn was announced.[3] She was consecrated on 31 March 2012 and commissioned as Regional Bishop of Wagga Wagga at a service held at St Saviour's Cathedral, Goulburn.[2][4][5][6][7] Blackwell was also the rector of the parish of Turvey Park, a suburb of Wagga Wagga.

On 19 December 2014 it was announced that Blackwell had been appointed an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Melbourne.[8] She was commissioned on 19 June 2015 as assistant bishop with responsibility for parishes in the city and eastern suburbs,[8] now called the Marmingatha episcopate.[9]

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.[10][11]


  1. ^ Presbyterian Church (USA) online report
  2. ^ a b NSW Parliamentary tribute
  3. ^ Conger's Consecration List website
  4. ^ Brown, Malcolm (31 March 2012). "Jensen begs off as deputy consecrates woman bishop". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Byrne, Elizabeth (2 April 2012). "First female Anglican bishop for NSW, ACT". ABC News. ABC. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Diocesan statement
  7. ^ McKenny, Leesha (12 December 2011). "Bishop designate is listening to her Boss". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Brolly, Mark (22 June 2015). "Melbourne welcomes Bishop Genieve Blackwell at her commissioning". Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ Speers, Jodie (12 September 2012). "Claims feminism has set men back". 7 News / Yahoo. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  11. ^ Overington, Caroline (6 October 2012). "The good fight". The Australian. Retrieved 8 October 2012.