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Diocese of The Murray
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Location
CountryAustralia
Territory
Ecclesiastical provinceSouth Australia
MetropolitanArchbishop of Adelaide
ArchdeaconriesThe Murray
Fleurieu Peninsula
Headquarters
  • 4 Clara Street
  • Murray Bridge, SA
Information
DenominationAnglican
Rite
Established1970 (1970)
CathedralSt John the Baptist Cathedral, Murray Bridge
LanguageEnglish
Current leadership
Parent churchAnglican Church of Australia
Bishop
Metropolitan Archbishop
Website
Diocese of The Murray
Logo of the Diocese
Logo of the Diocese

The Anglican Diocese of The Murray is located in the south-eastern region of South Australia. Founded in 1970 as part of the Province of South Australia, it takes in the Fleurieu Peninsula, Riverland, Adelaide Hills, Murraylands and the southern suburbs of Adelaide. In 2011 the diocese had 22 parishes or pastoral districts. The cathedral church of the diocese is the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Murray Bridge. The current bishop is Keith Dalby who was enthroned in June 2019.

Structure and churchmanship[]

In 2011 the diocese had 22 parishes or pastoral districts. The cathedral church of the diocese is the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Murray Bridge.

The Diocese of The Murray is a traditionalist Anglo-Catholic diocese which formerly did not ordain women to the priesthood.[1] It was the last diocese in the Anglican Church of Australia to admit women to the diaconate, ordaining Margaret Holt as deacon in April 2017.[2] In June 2023 its synod voted to allow the ordination of women as priests.[3]

Ross Davies relinquished the position of bishop in September 2010 and was received into the Roman Catholic Church. John Ford, the Bishop suffragan of Plymouth in the Church of England's Diocese of Exeter, was installed as the new bishop on 6 December 2013.[4] He retired in May 2019 and Keith Dalby was elected as his successor. Dalby and synod members worked towards the decision to allow the ordination of women as priests.[3][5]

Bishops of The Murray[]

Bishops of The Murray
No From Until Incumbent Notes
1970 1989 Robert Porter OBE Previously Archdeacon of Ballarat.
1989 2001 Graham Walden OBE Previously Assistant Bishop of Ballarat.
2001 2010 Ross Davies Resigned and was received into the Roman Catholic Church as a layman; later removed from holy orders
2010 2013 vacant
2013 2019 John Ford Previously Bishop of Plymouth in the Diocese of Exeter, and assistant bishop in the Diocese of Truro, England.
2019 present Keith Dalby Consecrated 16 August 2019; installed 17 August 2019.

See also[]

  • Ordination of women in the Anglican Communion
  • List of the first women ordained as priests in the Anglican Church of Australia in 1992

References[]

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  1. "At cross purposes", The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 March 2010. 
  2. Porter, Muriel (21 April 2017). First woman deacon in The Murray.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Officer, Media (2023-06-06). Murray Diocese votes to allow ordination of women priests (en).
  4. "New Bishop for Diocese of The Murray" Archived 2014-08-08 at the Wayback Machine, Diocese of The Murray website.
  5. Blog | Diocese of The Murray.

External links[]


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