Bishop of Grafton

Dr Murray Harvey was Consecrated and Installed as the 12th Bishop of Grafton in Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton, on 29 September 2018.

Murray attended the University of Queensland where he trained as a psychologist, later working in various SE Queensland locations in this capacity before responding to a call to Ordained Ministry, training at St Francis Theological College. He was ordained Deacon in 1991 and Priest in 1992, both at St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane. He has a Doctor of Health Science degree from the School of Psychology, Deakin University, Melbourne. His research drew on insights from psychology to evaluate selection processes for the Ordained Ministry in the Anglican Church. He is still involved in research and teaching in this field. Much of his ministry has been served in the United Kingdom, where he served as Vicar of the Glen Group of Parishes in the Diocese of Lincoln. The Glen Group is three rural parishes, Pinchbeck, Surfleet and West Pinchbeck, two of which have churches dating from the 12th Century (St Mary’s Pinchbeck and St Laurence’s Surfleet), and is served by a large team of Authorised and Licensed Lay ministers. In the Church of England, he also had responsibilities with the wider church, serving as the Bishop of Lincoln’s nominee as Bishops’ Selection Adviser, which involved participating in the discernment process for those offering to train for the Ordained Ministry in the Church of England. This exposed him to a variety of theological traditions in the various Dioceses and Theological Colleges across England.

On returning to Australia he served as Rector of St Mark’s Bonney Avenue, Clayfield and, from 2014, Residentiary Canon of St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane. The parish has a flourishing children and families ministry. Developing partnerships with local schools, including St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, Clayfield College and Eagle Junction State School, were also a feature of his ministry.  In Brisbane Murray had several diocesan responsibilities, including serving as an Examining Chaplain, Diocesan Nominator, member of the Professional Standards Board and member of Cathedral Chapter. As part of a team known as the Archbishop’s Vocations Task Group, he helped develop processes and events to encourage Anglicans to think about their Christian vocation, including the development of liturgical, video and other resources as well as Social Media campaigns with a vocations theme.

He has extensive Governance experience, serving on the School Council of St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School and, before that, on the Boards of Governors of Pinchbeck East Church of England Primary School and St Bartholomew’s Church of England Primary School, both in the Diocese of Lincoln.

Pastoral Letter

Pastoral Letter regarding the death of Queen Elizabeth 11

Launch of the Diocese of the Southern Cross

2022 Floods 2 March 2022

COVID-19 Update for the Period Commencing 15 December 2021

COVID-19 Update for the Period Commencing 8 November 2021

Statement on Voluntary Assisted Dying 29 October 2021

COVID-19 Update for the Period Commencing 18 October 2021

COVID-19 Update for the Period Commencing 11 October 2021

Vaccination Status and Public Worship from 11 October 2021

Pastoral Letter – Vaccination and COVID-19 17 September 2021

COVID-19 Update – Lifting of Stay at Home Orders 10 September 2021

Pastoral Letter – COVID-19 and Regional NSW including NSW Ecumenical Council COVID Letter 17 August 2021

Pastoral Letter on Indigenous Issues 4 June 2020

Changes for Religious Places of Worship in NSW from 1 June 2020

Covid19 Recovery and Parish Life 15 May 2020

Public Announcement NSW Province 12 May 2020

Pastoral Letter (Number 2) in Response to COVID-19 24 March 2020

Pastoral Letter regarding COVID-19 18 March 2020

Public Announcement NSW Province 18 March 2020

Synod Reflections 28 June 2019

Christchurch New Zealand 18 March 2019

Sermon Notes

Copies of Dr Harvey’s recent sermon notes can be found here:

Sermon for the Service of Commemoration for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11

Sermon for Lent IV St Bartholomew Alstonville 27 March 2022

Semon Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany St Thomas Port Macquarie 20 February 2022

Sermon for Epiphany 4 St Mary’s Ballina 30 January 2022

Sermon for Epiphany 3 Christ Church Cathedral 23 January 2022


Clergy Conference Presentation February 2021

Reflection Questions about Values

Gifts Audit Template

Vocation in Grafton Diocese

Values Underlying the  Restructure

Reading the Bible as Anglicans October 2019

Article for St James Connections Magazine Aug Sept 2020

Grafton Pioneer Ministry – Dr Wayne Brighton

Grafton Diocese COVID19 resources

A COVIDSafe Plan for Church Premises

Re-opening Application Form

Attendance Record Sheet

Conditions of Entry COVIDSafe Poster

General COVIDSafe Poster

Incident Notification Form

Template for COVIDSafe Plan for Restaurants and Cafes

Media Releases

The Visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury to Grafton Diocese 27 September 2022

Broken Head Media Release 16 November 2021

COVID-19 Response re Public Worship 19 March 2020 (updated 25/3/20)

Response regarding Israel Folau Comments 3 May 2019

Religious Freedom and Gender Issues in Anglican Schools 12 November 2018

Church Bells Toll for Children on Nauru 30 October 2018

Bishop urges Federal MP’s to remove Asylum Seeker Families from Nauru 19 Oct 2018

North Coast Anglicans Strongly Endorse the Prime Ministers Apology to Victims of Sexual Abuse 17 October 2018

Bishop Murray can be contacted at or by phoning 02 6642 4122 (Tuesday to Friday).

Twitter: @MurrayAHarvey