Victorian priest Donald Kirk has been elected to become Griffith's first resident bishop.
Following his consecration in June, Reverend Kirk will be 11th bishop for the Diocese of Riverina and the first to live full time in Griffith.
Formerly Rector of the Hamilton Parish in Victoria, and an Archdeacon of the South West Dioceses, Reverend Kirk will be moving to town with his wife Camryn.
Having 33 years experience working as a priest the Reverend was selected to become the bishop-elect of the Diocese of Riverina from among a number of candidates following a special meeting of synod in February, during which the heads of all the 23 Anglican dioceses across the country cast their votes as to who should get the job.
His consecration ceremony will be held at St Alban's Cathedral and will be attended by bishops from across the country.
Father Kirk said he never expected to become a bishop, but decided he would allow himself to be nominated after a fellow clergyman implored him to do so.
"I've been ordained as a priest for 33 years and have always enjoyed ministry and all of the joys and challenges, and my hope is that I will enjoy ministry as a bishop in the same way," Reverend Kirk said.
When asked what his plans are for the region Reverend Kirk said he expects to be doing a lot of driving between his new parishes.
"I have to first learn what the (Parish's) needs might be before I can make wise decisions about what things to promote, will be listening to people's needs and their concerns" Reverend Kirk said.
"I'll be clocking up a lot of kilometers on the road and will be meeting a lot of people, it's an interesting challenge of ministry to provide pastoral care and oversight to the far flung rural parts of the state.
"What I hope to do is give (parishioners) a sense of belonging to a wider church, to represent the wider church to them and connect them to the wider church, it's one of those things that is really important to feel a sense of belonging to a wider movement than ourselves."
Saint Alban's Cathedral Dean Rob Harris said he is excited for the Bishop's arrival and appreciates his experience and command within the wider Australian Church.
"I think he will inject new blood and it will be an opportunity to bring in new ideas for ministry and mission," Reverend Harris said.
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