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Bishop of Wellington - the Right Reverend Justin Duckworth

The Bishop oversees the mission and ministry within our diocese by keeping the church true to its calling and by being the "shepherd of shepherds", leading and caring for our clergy and leaders. 

On Saturday 30 June 2012 the Right Reverend Justin Charles Hopkins Duckworth was ordained a Bishop of the Anglican Church in the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.

The Episcopal Ordination Service was co presided over by two of the Primates of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Archbishops David Moxon and Winston Halapua. His installation as the 11th Bishop of Wellington followed seamlessly on from this service.

Bishop Justin has been at the cutting edge of mission and ministry in Wellington for 25 years.  He was a co-founder and leader of Urban Vision, which runs houses in some of Wellington's neighbourhoods, in which young Christians live alongside folk from the margins. Justin and his wife Jenny also pioneered Ngatiawa, a contemporary monastery which provides a welcome to those who are struggling, those seeking prayerful retreat, and those seeking a missional lifestyle. 

Related Stories

Episcopal Ordination Bulletin and Photo Story

Wellington greets Bishop Justin and other stories...  follow the link  |  Episcopal Ordination Bulletin  >

Follow the link for a wonderful photo story of the Episcopal Ordination and Installation of Justin Duckworth  |  Photo Story  >

Thanks to Jay Berryman for these wonderful photos. 

Video of Episcopal Ordination Service

Click here to watch the Episcopal Ordination of the Rt Reverend Justin Charles Hopkins Duckworth which took place in the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul on 30 June 2012 at 1.30pm. |  Video of Episcopal Ordination Service  >

Order of Service

For a copy of last Saturday's Order of Service click here:  
Ordination Order of Service     pdf 1MB

Ordination Order of Service - web copy     pdf   290kb  

Unlikely Saint – A Poem

A Bishop with dreadlocks

At 14, scorched by the flame of faith
later, a school leaver already at work
among the city's destitute.

With wife and children
making a home in Cuba Street
among those society calls "down and out"

fostering troubled teenage girls
four at a time
forty in all.

Seeing himself not as rescuer
but rather as a man privileged
to have shared their journeys.

He walked, often barefoot,
where we don't dare, and found
resurrection manifest in lives made new.

Looking for change and rejuvenation -
for a man of the times - the miracle is
that those who decide, saw him,

this man with smiling eyes,
not as Christ, but as his disciple
"the one that Jesus loved."

© Robin Fry
Robin is a Parishioner at St Augustine's, Petone

An Interview with the Bishop-Elect   April 2012

Archdeacon Bernard Faull, Diocesan Administrator & Registrar interviews the Bishop-Elect regarding the announcement that he will be the 11th Bishop of Wellington: 

Prophet in Dreadlocks

As a result of The Reverend Justin Duckworth being elected 11th Bishop of Wellington the Media Officer for the Anglican Church, Lloyd Ashton, has précised the article on Urban Vision and The Reverend Justin Duckworth, that he wrote for the Advent 2011 edition of Anglican Taonga

The restoration of the church will surely come from a new monasticism which has in common with the old only the uncompromising attitude of a life lived following Christ according to the Sermon on the Mount. I believe it is now time to call people together to do this.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

(Extract from a January 1935 letter to his brother, Karl-Friedrich Bonhoeffer.)

About 20 years ago, a few fired-up young Wellingtonians chose to get ..... |  Prophet in Dreadlocks  >

No reira waiho ko te aroha o Te Matua Kaha Rawa hei korowai mou.
May the love of Almighty God enfold you!