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The Rt. Rev’d Andrew W Curnow - Bishop of Bendigo

The Rt. Rev’d Andrew W Curnow - Bishop of Bendigo

BComm Melb 1971; MA 1980; BD MCD 1975
Deaconed 1973; Priested 1974 (Bendigo)

Consecrated Bishop, St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne on St Barnabas' Day, 11 June 1994 by The Most Rev’d Keith Rayner, Melbourne; Enthroned St Paul's Cathedral Bendigo, 28 June 2003.

Bishop Andrew W Curnow was enthroned as the ninth Bishop of Bendigo in June 2003. Prior to his appointment in Bendigo, Bishop Andrew was Bishop of the Northern Region and Registrar of the Diocese of Melbourne

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Bishop Curnow

Bishop Andrew has lived, studied and ministered to a wide and diverse range of communities and parishes throughout rural, regional and suburban Victoria. Training at Trinity Theological College, he began as Deacon/Curate at Coburg West before transferring to the Parish of Milloo (now Lockington) in the Diocese of Bendigo. He then spent two years overseas in New York City and Richmond, Virginia before returning to the Parish of Elmore in rural Victoria. He went on to hold the position as Director of the Council of Christian Education in Schools (ACESS) before returning to parish ministry at St George’s Malvern and also served as Archdeacon of Kew. He was consecrated to be Bishop of the Northern Region of Melbourne in 1994, a position he held in conjunction as the Registrar of the Diocese of Melbourne before being called to be the ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Bendigo in 2003.

He has a strong passion and interest in welfare and education having held leadership and roles with Anglicare, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the Council of Christian Education in Schools (ACCESS) and the Melbourne College of Divinity. He is currently involved with St Lukes Anglicare, Bendigo, New Horizons Welfare Services, Braemar College, Benetas and Trinity Theological College.

He has a particular interest in the theology of Mission in contemporary Australia on which he has written extensively.

Our Diocese, situated in rural and regional Victoria is 110 years old and has been working to strengthen and grow the Anglican Church in central and northwestern Victoria in its mission and ministry. We are a local Church, intimately involved in our local communities and the world around us.

As a Diocese we are inspired by the example of Christ:

"The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few, pray therefore for the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers". (Matt. 9: 37-38)

As a Diocese we believe we are part of God's people called in the words of the Anglican Communion to:

  • Proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  • To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
  • To respond to human need by loving service
  • To seek to transform the unjust structures of our society
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

As a Diocese we are committed as a Church at Mission:

  • To praise God
  • To grow the Church
  • To strengthen our ministry of the laity and clergy
  • To engage with and serve our local communities
  • To build our resources to extend our mission and ministry

As a Diocese we have initiated three expressions of ordained ministry:

STIPENDIARY MINISTRY: The model of leadership in parish ministry.

ORDAINED LOCAL MINISTRY: A form of ministry to assist stipendiary ministry. (OLM)

ORDAINED PIONEER MINISTRY: A new form of ordained ministry to serve and work at the coalface.

We are a Diocese that is passionate, committed, innovative and dedicated to the love of God and the love of one another. Please join us in praying our Diocesan Prayer:

Our Diocesan Prayer

Generous God,
we thank you for the Diocese of Bendigo,
the beautiful mountains, hills, plains and
native forests that is our environment.

Bless the cities, towns and rural areas,
the parishes and congregations
in which we live and serve.

Give us vision, energy and hope
to be a Missionary Church.

By the Spirit's gifts, equip us
to live the Gospel of Christ
and make us eager to do your will,
that we may share the joys of the whole creation.

We make our prayer
through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord.