Licensed Clergy

Information on licensed clergy in the Anglican Church of Australia will be published in The Anglican Church of Australia Directory. The national directory is being developed by Broughton Publishing and will include information on clergy, parishes, organisations and dioceses.

The directory will be available in the second half of 2020. It will be published both in print and online.

Depositions, prohibitions and relinquishments

A person may be ordained to the order of bishop, priest or deacon. These are known as Holy Orders.

  • Deposition is removing a person’s right to minister in all the Holy Orders they were ordained in.
  • Prohibition is removing the right to minister in one or more orders.
  • Relinquishment is voluntarily giving up the right to minister in one or more orders.

Depositions, prohibitions and relinquishments are given effect by a bishop executing an instrument of deposition, prohibition or relinquishment.

Under section 8(3) of the Holy Orders (Removal from Exercise of Ministry) Canon 2017 the information in a notice of an executed instrument must be made available to the public.

Depositions

Notice date Name Notice given by Information
8 May 2018 Bruce William Shaw SSF The Rt Rev’d Dr Peter Stuart, Bishop of Newcastle Criminal conviction for child sexual abuse
8 May 2018 Lindsay Thomas McLoughlin The Rt Rev’d Dr Peter Stuart, Bishop of Newcastle Criminal conviction for child sexual abuse
8 May 2018 Andrew Dermot Hanlon The Rt Rev’d Dr Peter Stuart, Bishop of Newcastle Unfitness to remain in ministry
4 December 2018 David John Battrick The Rt Rev’d Dr Peter Stuart, Bishop of Newcastle Disgraceful conduct
4 July 2019 David Mabior Lual The Rt Rev’d Dr Bradly Billings, Vicar General, Diocese of Melbourne Criminal conviction
17 December 2019 Philip John Warwick Murphy The Most Rev’d Dr Philip Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne Criminal conviction for transmitting child pornography material using a carriage service
24 July 2020 Brian Gibson Champness The Rt Rev’d Dr Mark Short, Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn Pled guilty to use of a carriage service to transmit indecent communications to a person under 16 years

 

Prohibitions

No advice of prohibitions has been received since the Holy Orders (Removal from Exercise of Ministry) Canon 2017 came into effect.

Relinquishments

Notice date Name Notice given by Information
16 August 2018 Thomas Robert Frame The Most Rev’d Dr Glenn Davies, Archbishop of Sydney Relinquishment of Holy Order of bishop
24 September 2020 Daniel John Morris The Rt Rev’d Richard Lewers, Bishop of Armidale Relinquishment of the orders of priest and deacon