Diocese of Australia and New Zealand holds synod--Bishop Hodge to retire

June 05, 2017 by Jonathan Foggin

Bishop Denis Hodge, Episcopal Visitor to the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand.

The Diocese of Australian and New Zealand held its 24th synod on May 13th, 2017 at St. Benedict's parish in Brisbane.  Bishop Denis Hodge and Archbishop Mark Haverland presided over the meetings and the mass. 

The synod was marked by the same spirit of unity among Continuing Anglicans that is bearing fruit in the United States, as Bishop Robards of the Traditional Anglican Communion in Australia sent his greetings through his representative.  Similarly, a major theme of Bishop Hodge's address to the synod was the movement towards unity among Continuing Anglicans and the need for new vocations.  He also announced his intention to retire as Episcopal Visitor to the Diocese, citing age and the difficulty of travel. 

Originally from the UK, Bishop Hodge settled in New Zealand in the 1970s, following a parish exchange with an Anglican Church in Aotearoa clergyman.  In addition to being a priest in the Church of England, the then Father Hodge was a qualified MD, and after settling in New Zealand, he practiced medicine alongside his cure of souls.  He left the Canterbury Communion in the 1990s and was received into the ACC in 2008.  He has served as the Episcopal Visitor to the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand since 2014.

In other business, diocesan officers were elected and parish reports were given.  Father Matthew Kirby spoke about the growth of the Sudanese parish in Perth and noted that he was assisting several men in their progress towards ordination.  Father Neville Nixon reported that Anglican Aid Abroad continued to provide funding to assist ACC missions overseas, particularly those in Africa. 

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