At 8pm Brisbane time the news was released in Rome that Father Columba Macbeth Green OSSPE is to be the next bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes in New South Wales, Australia.

The Bulletin of the Vatican Press Office has the information here.

Wilcannia-Forbes has been without it’s own bishop since the departure of Bishop Toohey in 2009, with Bishops Brady, Manning and Kennedy serving as Apostolic Administrators in the meantime.

Father Columba will be greatly missed for his work here in the Brisbane Archdiocese.  He was well known to many.  Whilst I was PP in Coomera it was only a short trip over to Marian Valley where you would always be warmly received.  He’ll leave a lasting legacy at Marian Valley, including the new monastery building, and other improvements to the church.  Pilgrims to Marian Valley have been edified over the years by his lively preaching, but also by his common touch.

In my humble opinion, he is an excellent choice for the office of bishop, and I’m sure the people of Wilcannia-Forbes will be pleased with their new shepherd.

God bless the bishop-elect and the people of his diocese!

And just for good measure, a picture of me with the Bishop-elect taken last year at the celebrations at Marian Valley for the Solemnity of Our Lady, Help of  Christians:

Fr Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE, then Rector of Marian Valley, and myself

Fr Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE, then Rector of Marian Valley, and myself