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Anglicans Online last updated 10 December 2017

Anglican Bishop for Wagga Announced
Anglican Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn, Sunday, 11 October 1998

The Very Reverend Godfrey Fryar

Dean Godfrey Fryar of St Saviour's Cathedral Goulburn has been appointed as an Assistant Bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn and will be based in Wagga Wagga. In addition to his duties as Bishop he will be the Rector of St John's parish, Wagga Wagga.

Dean Fryar has been at St Saviour's Cathedral since 1993 after having served as a priest for many years in Queensland.

In announcing the appointment the Diocesan Bishop, Bishop George Browning, said: "I am very pleased to have a person of Godfrey's calibre to work with me and my colleague Richard Randerson who is the other assistant bishop in the diocese. Godfrey is a man of rare talent and deep spirituality and he will give much needed leadership to the rapidly expanding ministries in the City of Wagga Wagga and the surrounding districts".

The additional position of assistant bishop was approved by the Diocesan Synod in September of this year.

Bishop Browning said that locating a bishop in Wagga Wagga was a very important move. " Wagga Wagga is quite unique in the Diocese. It is probably the only region which looks first to itself for all its normal social, administrative, educational and health needs and looks beyond its own borders equally to Sydney, Melbourne or Canberra."

"The city is the largest inland city in NSW and the senior Church person in the city is expected to carry the kind of leadership which is normally offered by someone who is a bishop."

Dean Fryar was born in rural Queensland. In his early years he lived in Cooktown and on Cape York Peninsula where his father was a bank manager. He was educated at All Souls' School, Charters Towers and trained as a priest at St Francis Theological College in Brisbane.

He has been in the ministry for 25 years having served for all of that period as a parish priest. He first served in the regional areas of Queensland as a Bush Brother at Longreach and other outback areas. He later served as a parish priest in Mackay, Rockhampton and Brisbane before coming to Goulburn.

Dean Fryar has a wide experience of ministry with a strong desire to link faith and worship with the lives of those in need. While serving in Brisbane he was heavily involved in the settlement of refugees within the Australian community.

It is expected that Dean Fryar will be consecrated as a Bishop later this year.

He is married to Bronwyn who is a librarian and they have three children: Elizabeth (21), Michael (18) and Peter (14).

For more information, contact Brian Norris, Phone - (02) 6248 0811, brian.norris@anglican.org.au, GPO Box 1981 Canberra, ACT 2601 Australia

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