Bishop retires

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 23-Nov-2017

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Andrew Curnow will finish his time in office next month.
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THE Anglican Bishop of Bendigo Andrew Curnow AM will conclude his time in office next month.

After more than 14 years, Bishop Curnow will lay up his pastoral staff in St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday, December 2.

Bishop Curnow has been the head of the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo since June 28, 2003, and is the longest serving Anglican diocesan bishop in Australia.

The service will be attended by more than 300 people including the Archbishop of Melbourne Philip Freier, fellow Victorian bishops and parishioners from churches across the diocese, which spans from Woodend to Mildura.

Bishop Curnow was born in Bendigo and ordained in St Paul’s Cathedral, Bendigo in 1973 at age 22. 

He has served in parishes at Elmore and Lockington as well as in Malvern in the Diocese of Melbourne from 1989 – 1994.

He was consecrated a bishop in Melbourne in 1994 and was bishop of the northern region along with registrar from 2001-2003 before returning to his home town of Bendigo after being elected to be the diocesan bishop in June 2003.

During his time, Bishop Curnow has been a strong advocate for social justice and welfare, having been president of St Luke’s Anglicare and instrumental in the merger with Anglicare Victoria. He has also supported a range of assistance through flood and bushfire recovery programs and healthcare chaplaincy at both Bendigo Health and St John of God hospitals.

Bishop Andrew and his wife Jan have no current plans for retirement, but are looking forward to having more time to spend at home with their family and grandchildren.

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