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New apostolic nuncio for Australia

archbishop gallagherThe Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher as the new apostolic nuncio to Australia.  Most recently Archbishop Gallagher has been nuncio to Guatemala.new nuncio for australia

New nuncio for Australia


It was nice to hear from a correspondent that 40 hours of Eucharistic Adoration was held in the past couple of days to pray for our new Archbishop in Brisbane, Mark Coleridge.

Why not commit yourself to praying for Archbishop Coleridge?  How about a rosary once a month, or weekly?

You can register that you are praying for him on Rosary for the Bishop.

Brisbane has a new Archbishop!

A new era begins for the Archdiocese of Brisbane.

The announcement has come through that Archbishop Mark Coleridge, currently Archbishop of Canberra-Goulburn, has been appointed by the Holy Father as the next Archbishop of Brisbane.

We warmly welcome Archbishop Coleridge, and ask God’s blessing upon him as he leads our Archdiocese in the coming years.

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Official press releases:

Statement from Archbishop Coleridge: Statement from Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Statement from the Archdiocese of Brisbane: Statement from the Archdiocese of Brisbane

Announcement from the Nunciature:  Nunciature announcement

(The above can also be found at http://www.catholic.org.au/index.php?option=com_docman&Itemid=355)

Other information about Archbishop Coleridge:

Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocesan website: http://www.cg.catholic.org.au/about/default.cfm?loadref=15




Other sites carrying this story:

Australia Incognita:  http://australiaincognita.blogspot.ca/2012/04/archbishop-coleridge-goes-to-brisbane.html

CathNews:  http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=30829

Dominus mihi adjutor:  http://hughosb.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/archbishop-coleridge-translated-to-brisbane/

Doohan it this Way:  http://doohan.id.au/2012/04/02/new-archbishop-of-brisbane-announced/

Sentire Cum Ecclesia:  http://scecclesia.com/?p=6316

Vatican News:  http://www.news.va/en/news/archbishop-coleridge-appointed-to-brisbane

Vexilla Regis:  http://vexilla-regis.blogspot.ca/2012/04/new-archbishop-of-brisbane-gaudete-et.html

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Many had predicted this move, so it isn’t really a surprise.  For what it’s worth, I think Archbishop Coleridge is an excellent choice for our Archdiocese, and I look forward to working with him.

Ecce sacerdos magnus, qui in diebus suis placuit Deo, et inventus est justus.
Behold a great priest, who in his days pleased God, and has been found just.

Rumours …

One interesting thing about this blog is the “stats” page.  One section shows what words people entered into their search engines that directed them to A secular priest.

An interesting one has emerged today: “rumours about appointment of a new archbishop for brisbane.”

Perhaps we will hear news very soon …

Cardinal Pell’s submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s Inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 can be found here.

Story: http://www.sydneycatholic.org/news/latest_news/2012/2012330_1874.shtml

The way our political systems work necessitates people speaking up.  Have your say in the current enquiries regarding the definition of marriage in Australian law.

Here are three easy ways to do so (the following information was sent to me):

1. SENATE INQUIRY: PLEASE send this prepared submission to the Senate Inquiry. Fill in your email, name and address …. then send.

JUST CLICK HERE … http://www.family.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1014&sub=1<http://www.family.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1014&sub=1>

2. HOUSE OF REPS INQUIRY. Send the same submission to the House of Reps marriage inquiry.

JUST CLICK HERE … http://www.family.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1014&sub=2<http://www.family.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1014&sub=2>

3. HOUSE OF REPS SURVEY on marriage amendment bills.
JUST CLICK HERE … https://www.surveymk.com/s/spla-marriage

Please forward to friends.

The website of the Australian Confraternity of Catholic Clergy is starting to re-appear, after a new website was attacked and destroyed last year.

Check it out here: http://www.clergy.asn.au/

Australian Year of Grace

The website for the Year of Grace for the Church in Australia, beginning Pentecost 2012, has now come alive with more content.  Check it out here.

h/t to Australia Incognita.


Melbourne’s bishops are going far and wide! Prayers for Bishop Costelloe on his new appointment.

A Priest Downunder

Today in Rome the Holy Father appointed Auxilary Bishop Timothy Costelloe of Melbourne as the next Archbishop of Perth WA.

Although a Melbourne born, Bishop Costelloe spent time in WA as a Parish Priest, Superior of the salesian community and lecturer in Systematic Theology at Notre Dame.

In Melbourne he has lectured at Catholic Theological College and I can honestly say was the best lecturer I experienced during my seminary studies. I was lucky enough to be a student during his last year of full time lecturing, the year he was ordained Bishop. His four week course on Mariology the following year was a highlight of my final year of study.

In his media release Bishop Costelloe said

It is both a privilege and a joy to follow in the footsteps of Archbishop Hickey who has led the Catholic community of Perth with energy, enthusiasm and compassion. The beautifully restored…

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Australia’s Newest Bishop

Congratulations to Australia’s newest Bishop! Newly consecrated Bishop Michael Kennedy, pictured here with Fr Anthony Denton (Rector of Domus Australia, Rome).

A Priest Downunder


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