Canberra and Goulburn welcomes a new Archbishop: Christopher Prowse

Archbishop Prowse

Archbishop Prowse

Media Release, 12 September, 2013

The Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn has a new Archbishop.

Bishop Christopher Prowse, of Sale, will be installed as the Archdiocese’s seventh Archbishop at St Christopher’s Cathedral in Canberra on Tuesday, 19 November.

On behalf of the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese, Archdiocesan Administrator Mgr John Woods welcomed the appointment by Pope Francis with “joy and gratitude to God”.

“We pray for Archbishop-Elect Christopher Prowse as we look forward to his installation,” he said. “May his pastoral ministry in Christ’s name engage all the faithful of the Archdiocese, other Christians, adherents to other religions and all people of good will.”

Bishop Prowse, who will turn 60 only days before his installation, has been Bishop of Sale since mid-2009.

Ordained to the priesthood in August 1980, he served in a number of parishes around Melbourne before he was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne in May 2003.

He was elected to the permanent committee of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in May this year and chairs the Bishops’ Commission for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations.

Born in East Melbourne, the third of six children, Bishop Prowse was educated at St Francis Xavier Primary School and was captain of St Leo’s College in Box Hill. After attaining degrees in arts and theology, he completed a doctorate of moral theology.

His father, Frank, played for Hawthorn in the Victorian Football League and Bishop Prowse remains a Hawks supporter.

The Archbishop-Elect will be available to the media on Friday, 13 September. 12 noon, outside the CatholicCare office, 42 Canberra Avenue, Manuka.

For further details, contact Fiona van der Plaat on 0412-282256.

ACBC President welcomes appointment of new Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn

Archbishop Prowse at WYD Madrid. Photo by Beth Doherty

Archbishop Prowse at WYD Madrid. Photo by Beth Doherty

President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Archbishop Denis Hart has warmly welcomed the appointment by the Holy Father Pope Francis of Bishop Christopher Prowse as the Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn.

“I join the bishops, priests and people of Australia to warmly welcome the appointment of Archbishop Christopher Prowse as Archbishop of Canberra-Goulburn.

“After distinguished service in Melbourne as pastor, lecturer, vicar general and auxiliary bishop he has always shown compassionate and gifted service which has continued in his leadership of the diocese of Sale since 2009, and in his service of the universal Church”, said Archbishop Hart.

Bishop Christopher Prowse is currently the Bishop of Sale in Victoria. He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Sir Frank Little for the Archdiocese of Melbourne on 16 August 1980.

From 1999 he was media spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Melbourne and was appointed Vicar General in 2001.

On 4 April, 2003, he was named by Pope John Paul II Titular Bishop of Bahanna and consecrated as an Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne at St Patrick’s Cathedral on 19 May, 2003.

Archbishop-Elect has a doctorate in moral theology.

“Our prayers and wishes accompany him with esteem as he prepares to take up his new appointment”, said Archbishop Hart.

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