Trinity College is delighted by the news that the Revd Dr Richard Treloar (TC 1988) has been elected the thirteenth Bishop of Gippsland. Richard will succeed the Most Revd Kay Goldsworthy AO (TC 1981) who is now Archbishop of Perth.
“We are absolutely thrilled for Richard and Leanne, and for the Diocese of Gippsland,” says the interim Dean of the Theological School, the Revd Professor Mark Lindsay.
“Theologically astute and deeply pastoral, Bishop-Elect Richard will be a wonderful successor to his fellow Trinity alum, Archbishop Kay. Our prayers and blessings are with him, his family, and the people of Gippsland,” adds Mark.
Richard has had a long association with Trinity College. He was a resident student in 1988 and then a non-resident student from 1989-1990. Richard returned to Trinity as Assistant Chaplain in 1998 before later serving as College Chaplain (2003-2007).
Richard is married to Dr Leanne Habeeb, who is a former residential tutor, registrar, and Director of Student Welfare of the College.
He is an Honorary Research Associate of the University of Divinity and has published articles on contemporary issues of faith and society in Eureka Street and other journals and edited volumes. His PhD thesis on biblical narrative was published in 2008.
“The clergy and people of Gippsland are engaged in many expressions of outreach and witness to the Gospel across this diverse and vibrant region of Victoria. I look forward to our life and work together as we discern and respond in various ways to the common calling of our baptism, trusting in the grace of God who so calls us,” says Richard.
“Trinity College and its Theological School are very close to my heart”, he adds. “It has been such a formative place for me – both as a student and as someone in ordained ministry. The College’s educational mission is integral to the vitality and breadth of the Anglican Church in Australia, and I look forward to supporting it in this new capacity.”
More information about Richard’s consecration and installation to follow in the coming months.
Established in 1877, Trinity College Theological School is committed to shaping men and women who wish to pursue ordination in the Anglican Church, develop skills for lay ministry, or simply explore Christian faith for personal or vocational enrichment and development.