About Clergy Retreat 3 | Traditional Silent Retreat
Kincumber Silent Retreat: 13-17 May 2019
Retreat Conductor: Bishop Bill Ray
“The Ordinal is still relevant - let us live into the Ordinal with greater intent”.
… and drawing on the book “Canoeing the Mountains” by Todd Bollinger”.
Bishop Bill is the recently retired Bishop of North Queensland.
Bishop Bill began his working life as a primary school teacher, soon becoming head teacher of a rural school. In his young adult years he contributed to diocesan committees, represented the Diocese of Gippsland on the General Board of Religious Education (GBRE) and studied theology by distance education. During this time he held a lay reader’s license, often taking services of Morning and Evening Prayer in the Parish of Yarram.
From 1978 to 1981, Ray worked full-time with the young people of the Diocese of Brisbane, providing training for Sunday school and religious education teachers and youth leaders. He also continued his involvement with GBRE. During this time he also studied for his Masters in Religious Education. He moved back to Victoria at the beginning of 1987 to be the education officer for the Diocese of Gippsland and the regional officer for the Council for Christian Education in Schools.
He was ordained deacon in Rockhampton in 1992 and priest later that year. He served in parishes in the Rockhampton and Melbourne Dioceses.
Bishop Bill has had an active role in the Education for Ministry (EFM) program, and the catechumenate program. He became the Director of GBRE in 2000.
Monday 13 May arriving from 4 pm to Friday 17 May Immediately Following Breakfast