Bishop Andrew Curnow’s contribution to the Bendigo community throughout his 15 years as Bishop of Bendigo was recognised at a civic reception hosted by the City of Greater Bendigo on 2 October.
Guests predominantly from the Bendigo business community, including City of Greater Bendigo Council, local MPs and other related organisations, gathered at the Bendigo Town Hall to acknowledge Bishop Andrew’s leadership and particularly his contributions to the welfare sector in the Loddon-Mallee region.
Mayor Margaret O’Rourke spoke of Bishop Andrew’s support to disadvantaged communities and people through initiatives such as Saltworks and Our Shed in Eaglehawk, hospital chaplaincy and the merger between St Luke’s Anglicare and Anglicare Victoria.
Bishop Andrew’s business skills were acknowledged by Craig Tweed, a member of the Diocesan Executive and well known Bendigo real estate agent, who commented on Bishop Andrew’s financial management and exceptional communication skills, along with his role in training new bishops in the church and his commitment to re-opening St Paul’s Cathedral.
Dean John Roundhill remarked upon Bishop Andrew’s courage throughout his time as bishop.
“Bishop Andrew has done what was needed – tough decisions – closing churches is not easy, managing a diocese that stretches from Woodend to Mildura is not easy. There is a religious word for that – sacrifice. That is something we admire tonight.”
Bishop Andrew responded by outlining four key elements to successful leadership, and by acknowledging the significant support of his family throughout his time as a bishop.
He finished by thanking everyone for their attendance.
“Your presence has me lost for words, and that doesn’t happen very often.”
Pictured: Bishop Andrew Curnow, Craig Tweed, Cr Margaret O’Rourke, Dean John Roundhill.