First female archbishop


First female archbishop

29 Aug 2017 

The Right Reverend Kay Goldsworthy AO, Bishop of Gippsland, has been elected Archbishop of Perth, Perth administrator Bishop Kate Wilmot announced today.

The Archbishop-elect has fulfilled her ministry for more than three decades in three Australian Dioceses and brings a breadth and depth of wisdom and an ability to collaborate with diverse members of the Church community, Bishop Wilmot said in her statement.

Bishop Kay was one of the first women ordained to the priesthood in St George’s Cathedral in 1992 by Archbishop Peter Carnley, and in 2008 she was consecrated as Australia’s first Anglican woman bishop by Archbishop Roger Herft, whom she replaces. Now she is the first woman elected Archbishop in the Anglican Church of Australia.

Bishop Kay is well known in Perth and has displayed excellent leadership and hospitality across the Perth community. The Diocese is very much looking forward to welcoming Bishop Kay and her husband Jeri James, Bishop Wilmot said.

She will be installed as the eighth Archbishop of Perth, and Metropolitan of the Province of Western Australia, in St George’s Cathedral, Perth, on Saturday 10 February 2018.