Father Keith Joseph, the former rector of the Anglican Parish of Mount Vincent, Kurri Kurri and Weston, has been confirmed as the 11th Bishop of North Queensland.
Father Keith, who served in this area from 2011 to 2013, is currently the Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Darwin.
He will take up is new role at Townsville’s St James Cathedral in March next year, taking over from Bishop Bill Ray, who retired from the position in September.
On the back of the announcement, Father Keith made a flying visit to the region last weekend, to attend the ordination of Father John Quilter, a long-time friend and colleague, and to preach at services throughout the parish.
Father John is the husband of the current rector Mother Theresa Angert-Quilter and is an honorary priest of Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle as well as the local parish.
“It was a great pleasure to be back with my former parishioners,” Father Keith said.
“I learned many lessons in my time here about how a small parish can reach out to its community.”
“The people of the parish are a strong and resilient family, and I hope I can transmit some of that spirit to the small parishes across my new diocese.”
Father John was quick to congratulate his friend and former colleague.
“Keith and I have been friends since we were young teachers of philosophy together over two decades ago,” he said.
“The parish looks forward to celebrating his installation early next year.”