Exciting times ahead for Bishop off on new adventure

Archdeacon Cameron Venables enjoying his last day in Rockhampton. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Archdeacon Cameron Venables enjoying his last day in Rockhampton. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

WHEN Anglican Bishop-elect Cameron Venables was 16 he and his buddies started a folk band.

Little did he know this would be a turning point in his life.

Through music, Cameron discovered a great love for people.

And so his dreams of becoming a vet were replaced with those of becoming a priest.

The former Archdeacon of the North Rockhampton Parish on Thrusday enjoyed his last day in the beef capital - a place he, his wife Kate and their three kids have called home for the past decade.

Today the 49-year-old will travel to Toowoomba where he will take on the role of Bishop for the Western Region, which stretches from Ipswich to Birdsville.

While Cameron said he was excited about the new challenge, he admitted it was hard to say goodbye.

"The thing I'm going to miss the most is the people," he said.

"Not just within the church but the whole community."

Born in Northern Ireland, Cameron spent his childhood in Wales and London before moving to Papua New Guinea as a volunteer teacher.

He then moved to Australia where he studied to be a priest and eventually met Kate.

Cameron said he came to Rockhampton to help combine the three parishes on the north side, a feat he is extremely proud of.

He has also been the chaplain at the Rockhampton Grammar School for the past four years.

He said the school made his unique bishop's staff, covered in the names of famous philosophers and scientists, which he will have by his side for the next 20 years.

Cameron will be ordained next Tuesday at a ceremony in Brisbane. about 50 people from Rockhampton will travel to the event, as well as family and friends from across Australia and the world.

Kate, who has worked at Centacare for nine years, and their youngest child Jack will join Cameron in Toowoomba in September.

"It's been very emotional," Cameron said. "It's a weird feeling, but I'm excited about the next chapter."

Topics:  anglican folk music

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