Bishop Kate Prowd was ordained deacon (1986) and priest (1992) during years of intense debate over the ordination of women. Her consecration took place in October 2018.
Kate’s clerical appointments have all been in the Melbourne Diocese, in both parish (St. Stephen’s Mt Waverley, St. Agnes’ Black Rock, Holy Trinity Hampton, St. Stephen’s Gardenvale) and school chaplaincy (Christ Church Grammar School, Brighton Grammar School). She has been an Examining Chaplain, which included conducting the psychological assessments for aspirants applying for ordination.
Kate is also a Clinical Psychologist and worked for 3 years in Student Health at Otago University whilst living in NZ. After returning to Australia in 2004 she began private practice and for the last 6 years has also worked with palliative care patients and those with progressive neurological diseases at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem.
Kate is now bishop of the Oodthenong area of episcopal care, which encompasses the Northern and Western Region. Her particular interests are in clergy wellbeing, mission, and exploring the connections between spirituality and psychology.
Kate is married to Roger, also an Anglican priest. They have 3 daughters, Phoebe, Cordelia and Eleanor.