New assistant bishop Carol Wagner was consecrated on Saturday, February 22 at St Saviour's Cathedral by the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn in front of a large turnout.
There was a loud cheer of support for Archdeacon Wagner as she exited the cathedral.
The service began with the collation of two new Archdeacons for the Diocese.
They were the Reverend Rebecca Newland as Archdeacon for the Coast, Monaro and Alpine Regions and The Reverend Neil Percival as Archdeacon for Young and the North-West.
Archdeacon Wagner was presented to the Chief Consecrator, Bishop Peter Stuart of the Diocese of Newcastle, by two former bishops of the Canberra and Goulburn Diocese, The Right Reverends George Browning and Trevor Edwards.
The former music teacher was taken through the oaths and declarations before the laying on of hands by bishops from around the country and the presentation of gifts to the new bishop.
Goulburn Mulwaree Mayor Bob Kirk welcomed the Bishop on behalf of residents of the local area and thought the event was wonderful.
"It's another one of those significant and special events that doesn't happen that often," Cr Kirk said.
"It was a lovely ceremony attached to the event and it was a pleasure to be there."
The South African born previously served as Archdeacon of the South Coast and Rector of the Parish of Bodalla-Narooma and has ministered in parishes across the Diocese since 2000.
Assistant Bishop Wagner will be based in Canberra and take up particular responsibility for ministry support and development of clergy and church workers.