Bishop Victoria Matthews Bishop elect for Christchurch, New Zealand
Wednesday March 19th, 2008
Wycliffe College is pleased to announce that Bishop Victoria Matthews, Wycliffe Bishop in Residence this semester has been elected Bishop of Christchurch in New Zealand. Her installation as the eighth Bishop of Christchurch will take place in Christchurch Cathedral on August 30.
Bishop Matthews is part of a high-level advisory group to the worldwide Anglican Communion which will look at crucial questions about the shape of the Anglican common life around the world.
She is involved again in the planning of the Lambeth Conference this July, and will attend as Christchurch's Bishop-elect.
Bishop Matthews is no stranger to Christchurch. She hiked through New Zealand in the 1980s and was smitten by the beauty of the country.
Wycliffe College is most grateful for Bishop Victoria’s most valuable contribution to college life and we are enjoying her time with us. Faculty, staff and students extend our best wishes for her future ministry in New Zealand and your prayers are requested as she and her Anatolian shepherd dog Jethro prepare for life in New Zealand.
Principal Sumner writes:
“Victoria Matthews has been one of the premier bishops in the present era of the Anglican Church of Canada. She has been an exemplar in demonstrating the theological and spiritual dimensions of the Episcopal calling. She has been the leader in the Canadian church in identifying and nurturing strong young ordinands. She is attentive to the Spirit’s call in her life, and so, though we are sorry to see her leave this church, we are confident that God has an important purpose for the next chapter of her ministry.”