Bishop farewelled

ST Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Sale was packed for a memorial service on Friday as clergy and parishioners gathered to farewell its loved bishop, John McIntyre.

The sun shone on the gathering, and a choir from Gippsland Grammar school performed.

Bishop McIntyre’s work was highlighted during the service, including his work advocating for the marginalised.

Bishop McIntyre died at Monash Hospital, Clayton, on June 6 at the age of 62, after losing his battle with a short respiratory illness.

He was the 11th bishop of the Gippsland Diocese, and known for his down-to-earth approach.

Bishop McIntyre was ordained a bishop on February 11, 2006, and was appointed as Bishop of Gippsland at St Paul’s Cathedral in Sale on February 18 the same year.

He has been praised for building strong relationships with many sectors of the community, especially indigenous people.

Bishop McIntyre also had a strong presence in the ecumenical world, working closely with Victorian Council of Christian Education (serving as immediate past chair), Victorian Church Leaders Meetings (serving as immediate past chair) and the Victorian Council of Churches where he has contributed in many ways.

Before his work in the Gippsland Diocese, Sydney-born Bishop McIntyre was the rector of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney South Sydney parish for 15 years.

He had developed a reputation as an alternative voice in the Anglican Church, often taking a stance against more conservative views.

This included supporting the ordination of women and rights for homosexuality within the church.

Bishop McIntyre is survived by his wife Jan and three children, Jessica, Paul and Lisa, and parents Ken and Vicky.

A funeral service was held on June 17 in Sydney.