Archbishop Philip Freier has asked for prayers for Bishop Keith Rayner, who has had a mild stroke.
Bishop Rayner, 82, was Archbishop of Melbourne from 1990-99, a term that coincided with him serving as Primate of Australia. In 1969, before his 40th birthday, he became Bishop of Wangaratta. Six years later, he was elected Archbishop of Adelaide, where he was to remain for 15 years and to which he retired.
In a letter to clergy on 28 March, Dr Freier wrote: “I am sorry to advise you that Bishop Rayner has suffered a mild stroke and some after effects. Please pray for Keith Rayner, for a full recovery, and for his family.
Bisbane-born Dr Rayner, whose wife Audrey died in February last year, is due to mark the 60th anniversary of his ordinations as a deacon and priest in 2013.
Article by Mark Brolly from the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne