Consecration of Anglican bishop to take place in Rocky
IN A first for the Anglican Diocese of Rockhampton, the consecration of new Bishop David Robinson will be held at St Paul's Cathedral tomorrow.
Previously, the new bishop was either already consecrated or the consecration took place in Brisbane.
People are travelling from all over the diocese to witness the historic occasion, including as far afield as Winton.
The diocese spreads from Agnes Water in the south, to the Northern Territory border in the west, and just south of Carmila in the north.
Bishops from around the country will be attending and the cathedral is expected to be packed.
David Robinson was elected earlier this year following the retirement last year of the Right Reverend Godfrey Fryar.
He brings to the role of bishop not only extensive pastoral experience in country ministry, but also a deep interest in church growth, education and leadership formation and cross-cultural work experience with indigenous people.
Rev Robinson was born in the UK and emigrated to Adelaide in 1970.
He then worked with the South Australian government in water management for several years.
He moved to Canberra in 1991 to study at St Mark's National Theological Centre.
Ordained in 1994, he has served in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, Gundagai, Kooringal and Curtin.
With an interest in cross-cultural work, he also worked in Darwin and overseas in Bangladesh.
He is married to Jan and has two adult children and six grandchildren.