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Wilcannia-Forbes news

As the diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes in New South Wales awaits news of a new bishop – and indeed, news about its future as a diocese – I’ve just seen a feed announcing the death of its Bishop Emeritus, Douglas Warren, who apparently died yesterday, 6 February 2013, at the age of 93.  He was auxiliary bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes from 1964 to 1967, and then diocesan bishop from 1967 to 1994.   At the time of his death he was the oldest Catholic bishop in Australia.

May he rest in peace.




A new Archbishop of Canterbury

The 56-year-old Bishop of Durham, the Rt. Rev. Justin Welby, has been named as the successor to Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion.

I just happened to turn on the TV a few minutes ago and saw part of the press conference announcing his selection.  Interestingly, he only became a bishop last year, so he is fairly new to episcopal ministry.

He indicated in his speech that he supports the ordination of women as bishops.  This is regretable, in my opinion, as such a move will be another wedge that will hinder the work of restoring Christian unity.

We can be grateful, I believe, for the creative insight of our Holy Father, Benedict XVI, in creating the Personal Ordinariate structures – which celebrated their third birthday during the week – to allow our Anglican brothers and sisters to continue professing catholic and orthodox faith, whilst retaining parts of their Anglican patrimony and traditions, but also to return to full communion with the successor of Saint Peter.

Please pray for Bishop Welby as he takes up this important ministry, and also for the Anglican Communion throughout the world.

BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20264520

National Post: http://life.nationalpost.com/2012/11/08/from-oil-man-to-archbishop-next-anglican-leader-left-corporate-world-for-the-clergy/

I have arrived this afternoon in a very foggy Toowoomba.   Tomorrow morning is the consecration of Monsignor Robert McGuckin as the sixth bishop of Toowoomba.

The first time I visited Toowoomba was in my first week in the seminary, in February 1993.   On that occasion we journeyed up the Range for the episcopal consecration of Bishop William Morris.

Please say a prayer for Monsignor McGuckin, and also the priests, religious and laity of Toowoomba.  A new bishop is always a new beginning, of sorts, for a dicoese.

[I do have some photos, but have been having trouble uploading them, so will try later].

Toowoomba has a new bishop

The information has just been released that the Holy Father has appointed a new bishop to Toowoomba.

Monsignor Robert McGuckin of Parramatta will succeed Bishop Bill Morris as the sixth Bishop of Toowoomba, and will be ordained bishop on 11 July 2012, the feast of Saint Benedict.

Prayers for the bishop-elect and the faithful of Toowoomba.

See also:

Apostolic Nunciature announcement – Toowoomba

Other statements at: http://www.catholic.org.au/

Australia Incognita: A bishop-elect for Toowoomba at last: Rev Robert McGurkin

Concelebrants waiting to enter the cathedral before the Mass

The weather was perfect today as the 7th bishop, and 6th archbishop took canonical possession of the Archdiocese of Brisbane.  Canon 382, 3 & 4 states: “A Bishop takes canonical possession of his diocese when, personally or by proxy, he shows the apostolic letters to the college of consultors, in the presence of the chancellor of the curia, who makes a record of the fact. […] It is strongly recommended that the taking of canonical possession be performed with a liturgical act in the cathedral church, in the presence of the clergy and the people.”

This ceremony took place during a splendid Mass in Brisbane’s Cathedral of Saint Stephen, concelebrated by bishops from around Australia, and clergy of Brisbane and beyond.  Heads of Churches were well represented, and in attendance also was the Governor of Queensland, the Premier, the Chief Justice and the leader of the Opposition.  The Cathedral was packed with representatives from parishes, schools, religious, and the various organisations that make up the archdiocese.  A large number followed the ceremony on screens outside the cathedral, and many more would have joined the celebrations via the live feed on the internet (the Mass may be viewed online at http://bne.catholic.net.au/asp/index.asp?pgid=12098).

Upon entering the Cathedral this morning, immediately evident was the new Archbishop’s coat of arms above the cathedra, something that has not been seen in our cathedral, certainly since the renovations in the late 80’s.

I’ve been away from the diocese for some time, so it was interesting and pleasing to see a few liturgical changes that I hope are permanent and not just for today.  Chief on my “happy to see” list was the use of proper chants at the Entrance, Offertory and Communion, instead of hymns.  I love hymns as much as anyone, however the Roman Rite of Mass is meant to be accompanied by chants, both for the Ordinary of the Mass, and at the above mentioned times.  One of my hopes is that the use of the revised English translation of the Roman Missal will encourage much more use of chant for the Propers of the Mass.

Some will be very happy to know that – finally – the norms of Redemptionis sacramentum were observed and that the Precious Blood was not poured from vessel to vessel.  I certainly hope that the procedure observed today is here to stay.  It always seemed a little odd that most parishes adapted their practices but the cathedral didn’t.

And while it is hardly earth-shattering, it was absolutely beautiful to hear bells rung once again at the elevations.  Their elimination always seemed unnecessary to me, and with all the other beautiful music in today’s Mass, the sound of bells during this high-point of the celebration is hardly out of place.

The new Archbishop preached strongly about the need for the Church to truly become missionary, and to embrace the new evangelisation which has been called for not just by the Popes, but indeed by the Holy Spirit.  At another point the Archbishop reflected on his episcopal motto: Sanguis et aqua – Blood and water: a reference to the blood and water which flowed from Christ after his side was pierced with a lance.  In this he echoed themes that I remember him preaching on in retreats he gave to us in the seminary: there is no weakness that cannot be turned – by God – into a manifestation of his power and strength.

Some of the concelebrating Bishops at the conclusion of Mass

His Grace also taught us – something that I had never known before – that Brisbane means “bone breaker.”  He promised not to be a bone breaker, but did add that difficult decisions don’t necessarily please everyone.  (For more on the etymology of “Brisbane” see http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Brisbane).

All in all, it was a joyful celebration for the beginning of a new chapter in the life of our Archdiocese.

Welcome, Archbishop Mark!  

Please pray for him as he begins his ministry as our Pastor, and – as he said in his homily – that in seeing and hearing him, we will in fact see and hear Jesus Christ.

Thanks to Bishop Jarrett:

P.S. As Archbishop Coleridge took possession of the diocese, Bishop Jarrett’s role as Apostolic Administrator came to a conclusion.  Please say a prayer in thanksgiving for Bishop Jarrett’s willingness to take on the governance of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, as well as that of his own diocese of Lismore, during the time that Brisbane was sede vacante.

UPDATE 12 MAY 2012:

There are some more bits and pieces over at The Acolyte’s Tale.

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 …

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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Symposium dealing with sexual abuse

The Pontifical Gregorian University has recently hosted an important symposium for Bishops and Religious Superiors, dealing with the sexual abuse of minors.  The symposium took place in Rome from February 6th to 9th, 2012.

Currently, all the papers given at the symposium are available online here.

UPDATE [19 February 2012]:  The papers are no longer at the above link.


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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