Bishops to receive University’s highest honour

The former Anglican and Catholic Bishops of Hamilton are both to receive the University of Waikato’s highest honour

Archbishop Sir David Moxon and Emeritus Bishop Denis Browne will be recognised for their outstanding leadership and contributions to the Waikato community at the University’s graduation ceremony in April.

They will both receive honorary doctorates.

Sir David is currently the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See and director of the Anglican Centre in Rome.

“I’m honoured to be receiving the honorary doctorate alongside Bishop Denis.

We have been colleagues and friends for a long time in a common cause – the common good and the spiritual health of the wider community,” says Sir David.

Bishop Denis retired in 2014 from a 50-year career as a priest and bishop.

He says his honorary doctorate is a reflection of the work that’s gone into aligning church services with university life, “and receiving this honour alongside my good friend, Sir David, is an added bonus.”

University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley says their honour is well-deserved.

“Both David and Denis have worked tirelessly in pursuit of church and community wellness, in the Waikato region in particular, so it’s fitting they both receive Honorary Doctorates together.”

Sir David and Emeritus Bishop Denis will receive their Honorary Doctorates on 21 April at the afternoon graduation ceremony.


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