Bishop Victoria Matthews
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 Matthews 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).
During her time as the Bishop of Christchurch, there have been 12,000 earthquakes and aftershocks in the city and surrounding area. The Diocese has had 220 buildings badly damaged or destroyed including the iconic ChristChurch Cathedral which is central to the history of the city and province. Recognising the length of time before a new Cathedral in Cathedral Square will be built, the Transitional Cathedral, aka the Cardboard Cathedral, was erected adjacent to Latimer Square. Seating 700 it has become a sign of hope for the broken city of Christchurch, a venue for cultural and social events as well as a place of worship and witness.
Bishop Matthews previously chaired the Canadian Primate’s Theological Commission, and is a member of the Inter Anglican Standing Commission on Unity Faith and Order which considers Anglican and ecumenical theological questions and Anglican common life around the world. She continues to be in demand as a guest lecturer. She has enjoyed leading youth pilgrimages to holy places such as Iona and Taizé, and has served as a trustee of Yale University in the USA.
In her spare time Bishop Matthews enjoys hiking and walking her Anatolian shepherd dog Jethro, going to the gym and reading history and theology.