Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn Figures Show Decline

Posted by Kendall Harmon

[From 1997 to 2007]...the general population grew 8 per cent, and the Anglican population declined 3.8 per cent. During those years, the number of parishes ceasing to offer Sunday School for children almost doubled to 44 per cent and regular church attendance in the diocese declined by about 2.3 per cent.

Though the decline is less than in the Anglican Church nationally, the median age of Anglicans attending Church in Canberra is 54.8, compared with the median age of Canberra's population of 34.5.

Despite the gloomy outlook, Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn Stuart Robinson said there had been some areas of growth. And there was continuing interest in the priesthood, with 12 ordinations in St Saviour's Cathedral Goulburn on Saturday.

Read it all and make sure to note the headline the paper gave this story--KSH.

Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalAnglican ProvincesAnglican Church of Australia

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