Kay Goldsworthy AO

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Kay Goldsworthy AO

Bishop of Gippsland


Bishop Kay Goldsworthy, the first woman consecrated a bishop in the Anglican Church of Australia, was installed as the 12th Bishop of Gippsland on Saturday 21 March 2015.

It is the latest “first” for Bishop Goldsworthy, who is an Assistant Bishop of Perth, where she has worked since 1988. She was among the first women in Australia to be ordained deacon in 1986, priest in 1992 and, in 2008, became a bishop.

Bishop Goldsworthy is the first woman to lead a diocese in Victoria and only the second in Australia, after Bishop Sarah Macneil was appointed to the Diocese of Grafton early in 2014.

Raised in Melbourne, Bishop Goldsworthy studied for the ministry at Trinity College, Parkville, and served in the parishes of Thomastown-Epping and Deer Park-St Albans in the Diocese of Melbourne before moving to Western Australia in 1988 as Chaplain of Perth College. She was a Canon of St George’s Cathedral, Rector of suburban Applecross, Area Dean of Fremantle and Archdeacon of the Southern Region of Perth diocese. At the time of her appointment as bishop in 2008, she was Administrator and Registrar of the diocese.

Bishop Goldsworthy, is married to Jeri James and the couple has twin adult sons, Tom and Ben.

On the 13th of June 2017, Bishop Kay was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. She was recognised for her distinguished service to religion through the Anglican Church of Australia, as a pioneer and role model for women, to church administration, and to pastoral care and equality.

In late August 2017, Bishop Kay was appointed Archbishop of Perth. She will lay up her pastoral staff at a farewell Eucharist in St Paul’s Cathedral, Sale on Saturday 16 December 2017 at 11am and will be installed as Archbishop of Perth in St George’s Cathedral Perth on Saturday 10 February 2018.