Our Bishop

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

Bishop Victoria was installed as the eighth Bishop of Christchurch at ChristChurch Cathedral on August 30 2008. Previous to this she was the Bishop of Edmonton, Canada for 10 years (1997 – 2007) and Suffragan (Assistant) Bishop of Toronto (1994-1997). Luckily for us she also narrowly missed being elected Primate of Canada in 2007.

Bishop Victoria is only the second woman to become a diocesan bishop in New Zealand. She previously chaired the Canadian Primate’s Theological Commission, and is on the Anglican Standing Committee on Unity Faith and Order.

The Last Word on Pain


"The past year was full of events that challenged people's equilibrium and raised questions about what is trustworthy. The events also raised queries about what was the best way to respond to those whose lives had been torn apart by death and disaster. I write this just after the announcement that the bodies of the deceased will not be able to be removed from the Pike River Mine for reasons of safety, and as Australia suffers from horrific flooding that has cost lives. A priest in Brisbane who emailed me said it was a strangely isolating experience to be in the midst of the floods that are highlighted in every newscast around the world, yet which leave him feeling incredibly isolated as he tries to minister to his flock.So what is the Good News for such people? What is the Gospel for folks whose confidence was further shaken in the Boxing Day quakes and subsequent shakes? In Romans, the apostle Paul writes:
"For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."The Gospel never denies the reality of pain and suffering. Look at how Jesus died; consider the number of Christians martyred over the centuries; the apostle Paul himself was no stranger to pain and persecution. Disasters and tragedies happen whether they be floods, earthquakes or mine explosions, epidemics or famines. We know life goes terribly wrong at times. But Paul says that in spite of all that, God has the last word, and that word is Love. This is the God whose Son died on the cross and rose again, to show for all time that God's love is stronger than death.But this leaves us still pondering, how do we respond to those who are suffering from the disasters of the present moment? I think the obvious answer is to reach out to those in need. Tell your friends and acquaintances, and even strangers, that they are not alone. Tell them that death does not have the last word. The last word is love and it will never be defeated or beaten. It is the love that triumphs over death and never lets go. It is the love of God."

Victoria Matthews


Letters from the Bishop

Read or download here, the latest letters from Bishop Victoria Matthews

Letter from Bishop Victoria | 24 May 2013

In this season of Pentecost we rejoice that we have the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide, direct and strengthen us....

Bishop Victoria's Charge to Synod | 12 April 2013

We are gathered here at this Synod to consider one agenda item.