The Rockhampton Diocese is included in the Province of Queensland and is one of the 23 dioceses making up the Anglican Church of Australia. The diocese covers an area of approx 57million hectares, more than twice the size of New Zealand, and contains nearly the whole central division of Queensland.
The population of the Diocese is 216,000 of whom approximately 48,000 indicate that they are Anglicans.
An intelligent, biblical and historically based faith.
An incarnational faith that cares for humanity and creation.
A faith expressed in relationship with God and each other.
Faith and pastoral practice expressed through liturgy.
In each of our communities the ministries of worship, word, sacrament,
pastoral care, initiation and outreach are vital parts of parish life.
From the beginning of the Diocese of Rockhampton in 1892 we have had to be innovators in order to make sure ministry was provided for our people in areas of scattered population. This led to the formation of the first Bush Brotherhood in Australia at Longreach in 1897. It was a response in an era of the Church being established.
Most of the intervening years between then and recent times were a pastoral era in which the Church, having been established maintained a traditional ministry structure of separate parishes each with their own priest taking care of their people and many of those in the wider community.
In the last few years we have had to respond to some very different circumstances from those in the eras of establishment and pastoral consolidation. The provision of ministry in this new missionary time has continued, but in a whole variety of ways in different places.
Today our Diocese has to deal with expansion in coastal cities and urban areas, an explosion in coal mining beyond anything we have seen before, continuing grazing and farming areas and an ongoing decline in population in the west.
In many areas we are no longer able to maintain a traditional pattern of ministry, in other places we have continued to value it, and in some where we could have continued, we have chosen to work in a different way.
Today the patterns of ministry in The Diocese of Rockhampton present a multi faceted appearance, all under the care of the Bishop.
In each of our communities the ministries of worship, word, sacrament, pastoral care, initiation and outreach are continuing. Sunday worship and mid-week worship services are held in cities and country towns, in churches and community halls. The Diocese approaches its calling with joy and dedication always alert to respond to new ministry opportunities as they arise in our pathway and in our dreams.
You can support Bush ministry in outback and isolated mining and grazing areas of Central and Western Queensland by donating to
"Bush Ministry in Rocky Diocese"
PO Box 710
Rockhampton, Q. 4700
This Diocese has adopted "Faithfulness in Service"
A protocol has been established to respond to any complaints of abuse within parishes and agencies
of the Anglican Diocese of Rockhampton. Anyone wishing to seek assistance should telephone
The Director of Professional Standards Mr Rod McLary on 07 3835 2266
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