Lifestyle

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



Rogue object flies at Rockhampton police car

Police car.

Police car becomes unusual target in road incident

BREAKING: Sexual assault trial comes to dramatic end as man flees custody

Police

UPDATE 5.30PM: The man was due to be sentenced tomorrow morning

REVEALED: Why CQ fuel prices are so high

Capricornia Chamber of Commerce Peter Frazer said the economic climate in the region at the moment was linked to the huge problem across the region of fuel drive offs.

Chamber of Commerce talks CQ's high fuel prices

Local Partners

Cliff Richard to release 101st album

Sir Cliff Richard's album cover

Sir Cliff Richard is to release his 101st album

CMC Rocks faces fan backlash over date change, headliners

The 10th annual CMC Rocks festival will be headlined by The Dixie Chicks.

FANS are not happy about festival being pushed back by two weeks.

Kim Kardashian West attacked by man trying to kiss her bottom

Vitalii Sediuk targeted Gigi Hadid last week

Madonna poses naked in solidarity with Katy Perry

Madonna posted her own nude selfie on Instagram

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

Disney to remake 'The Lion King', and it's live-action

The Lion King is coming back to movie theatres

And this time it's going to be live-action.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Projects hoped to revive Rockhampton real estate

There have been just over 800 house sales in Rockhampton this year

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

14% of renovators doing own electrical work?

Landscaping (46%), demolition (43%) and interior design (77%) are also often tackled head on by plucky homeowners.

And 12% said they did their own plumbing work