Philip Huggins was ordained in 1977, and has held clerical appointments in regional Victoria, metropolitan Melbourne, and appointments of Assistant Bishop in Perth and Bishop of Grafton, NSW. He returned to Melbourne in 2003 after ten years interstate, taking up the appointments of Incumbent of St Stephen’s Richmond and Bishop to the Northern Region. In 2007 the region was extended to include over 70 parishes in both the Northern and Western Region of Melbourne and Geelong.
Philip is Chair of the Board of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, President of Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School, and a Board Member of St Laurence Community Services and Overnewton Anglican Community College. He is also an Executive member of the National Council of Churches of Australia, and a Member of Christian World Service Commission. He has Episcopal oversight of Cross-Cultural Ministry.
Philip has a strong interest in and actively contributes to welfare and multi-cultural issues and activities. He tries to hold together both contemplation and action, in the Spirit of Jesus. His key priority is to look after people in the Northern and Western Region—their needs and issues—and to offer them encouragement and support.