The Diocese of Bunbury was established in 1904, and shares a common boundary with the Diocese of Perth, which runs from Secret Harbour on the west coast, north of Mandurah: east to Hyden, then south to Ravensthorpe: taking in the whole of the South West and Great Southern areas of Western Australia. Our land area is over 100,000 Km2 (an area larger than that of Ireland or Portugal.) The region enjoys a Mediterranean climate.

Geographically we are an urban / rural Diocese, with Bunbury being the location for the Cathedral and Diocesan Offices, and the first City in the State outside the Metropolitan area. The BishopCs support team consists of a Diocesan Archdeacon; Secretary/Registrar; Property Officer; Canon for Ministry Development; Policy and Financial Assistant to the Registrar, and Personal Assistant to the Bishop.

Middle of the road Anglicans

The present Bishop of the Diocese, Bishop Allan Ewing, was elected in 2010. More information regarding Bishop Allan can be found on his web-site http://www.trical.org. For much of the past 50 years the Diocese has been strongly influenced by the Anglo-Catholic tradition. However Bishop Hamish Jamieson (1984 - 2000) was at the same time charismatic, and so for the fifteen (15) years that he was our Bishop we personally experienced the Charismatic Movement which awakened the Diocese to the role of the Holy Spirit and the importance of lay ministry. Today only three of our Parishes would see themselves as charismatic: however the concept of “every member ministry” is a high priority throughout the Diocese.

Parishes and Staffing

We have thirty-four (34) Parishes: Seventeen Parishes support full time priestly ministry: while seventeen support a part time priestly ministry. Our Clergy are basically middle-of-the-road traditional Anglican Clergy, with some leaning towards Anglo-Catholic, while others lean towards the evangelical tradition. But all are very committed and faithful Priests who, under the leadership of Bishop Allan Ewing, have developed a strong sense of collegiality. Our annual residential retreat in May (seven days): and November Clergy Conference (also residential – three days) contribute a great deal to our sense of unity and identity as brothers and sisters in Christ. The Parishes are gathered into four (4) Area Deaneries, the Area Dean and the Ministry Development Officer being appointed from within the clergy of the Deanery.

Training and Formation for ministry

There are currently five women and three men in our ordination training programme. We also have a very active training and formation programme for lay ministry which embraces three important components:
Discipleship – training in the practicalities of ministry
The Bishop's Courses For Ministry – to equip academically.
Spiritual Formation

At present we have 241 members of the Laity functioning throughout the Diocese as Licensed Lay Ministers.

As a Diocese we have embraced the ordination of women. Currently just over one third of our Diocesan Clergy are women and this move has brought a welcome new dimension and many positives to the ministry team of the Diocese.

We are a growing Diocese

A comparison of statistics for 2006 and 2011 clearly shows that we are a Diocese which is growing. Approximately one third of our Parishes are on the coast and these are experiencing growth. Going inland a little we have a string of Parishes that rely on cattle, dairy or wine growing and while some are struggling, most are holding their own financially. Then to the east we have the sheep and cropping area which is struggling financially, and where rural decline has seen committed families leave the area and relocate to the coast. Some evidence of the growth on the coast can be seen in the following projects which are currently under way: the planting of a new church community in Secret Harbour and at Gelorup. Building of the St. John's Anglicare Centre in Albany: to house a staff of 60. Extensions to the Church in Australind and Oyster Harbour to double their size: and a new Parish Centre in Margaret River and the Dunsborough Parishes .

For the past twenty (20) years we have been focusing on developing the biblical concept of “every member ministry": or the "ministry of all the baptised” as it has more recently been called. All but four of our Parishes have chosen to commit to being transformed from the old parochial model of being Church: to the "Ministering Communities in Mission" model of being Church. Through the ministry of our "Empowering the Church for Change Group," which is chaired by the Bishop of the Diocese, we are using the Natural Church Development process in the life of Parishes and the Diocese, to assist with this transformation process. The second main focus of this Group is to promote the Bishop’s vision for "Living by the Seasons", through our Growing Together studies/ discussions each August/ September.

Our Diocesan Ministries

Within the life of the Diocese the following play an important role:

The Diocesan Trustees
The Bishop-in-Council
The Bunbury Diocesan Anglicare Council
The Bunbury Diocesan Children and Youth Ministry Council
The Bunbury Diocesan Education Council
The Bunbury Diocesan Campsite
The Bunbury Diocesan Cursillo
The Mission to Seafarers – Albany and Bunbury
The Mothers’ Union
Three Anglican Schools
The Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School – Bunbury ( Independent )
The Frederick Irwin Anglican School – Mandurah ( Ang. Schools Comm.)
The Georgiana Molloy Anglican School – Busselton (Ang. Schools Comm.)

The Province of Western Australia

We also share a very good working relationship with both the Diocese of Perth and the Diocese of the North West of West Australia: and these three Dioceses make up the Province of Western Australia. Archbishop Roger Herft is currently the Archbishop of the Province

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