Two Auxiliary Bishops of Melbourne Ordained

Bishops Curtin and Edwards

Bishops Curtin and Edwards

The Episcopal Ordination of the Most Reverend Terence Curtin and Most Reverend Mark Edwards OMI, as Auxiliary Bishops of Melbourne, took place at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne last night, 17 December 2014.

Bishop Curtin was also ordained Titular Bishop of Cabarsussi and Bishop Edwards was ordained Titular Bishop of Garba (in Numidia).

President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Archbishop of Melbourne, the Most Reverend Denis Hart was the Principal Consecrator of the Ordination Mass.

The Co-Consecrators were Apostolic Nuncio in Australia, Most Reverend Paul Gallagher DD and Archbishop of Brisbane, Most Reverend Mark Coleridge.

Many Australian Catholic Bishops, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Reverend Monsignor Greg Bennet and Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Reverend Fr John Salvano concelebrated the Mass.

Priests of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, priests of religious congregations, visiting priests and friends of the Bishops-elect also concelebrated.

On behalf of the two bishops, Bishop Curtin expressed thanks and appreciation for all the prayerful support and encouragement received. ‘It has been very humbling because in moments like this, as I think all the bishops would know, you become acutely aware of your own failings and limitations. But that’s not a bad thing. It means that we come to know all the more how much we depend on the grace of God and the gift of faith.’

‘The extent of that grace has been shown to us in what you, our friends, parishioners, students, have told us of our presence and ministry among you. It surprises, exceeds our expectations, and reminds us that it’s God’s work in us and not our own,’ Bishop Curtin said.

‘You have before you a bishop out of the diocesan clergy of Melbourne and a bishop out of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate,’ Bishop Curtin explained.

‘With such firm foundations I can assure you we are both from good stock, but good stock is not much use unless it’s well planted. There lies your task, dear bishops, priests and people of God, to plant us well in the joys, the hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the men and women of our age.’

Archbishop Hart said, ‘All of us gathered here, pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit in their lives. May they give love and compassion to the life of the Church for many years’.

Bishop Curtin concluded, ‘Keep us in your prayers. Ask that the joy of the gospel mark our lives and our service as auxiliary bishops of the archdiocese of Melbourne’.

Civic leaders, leaders from other religions, and representatives of the various parishes and agencies that make up the Archdiocese of Melbourne were present during the ordination ceremony.

The Master of Ceremonies was Reverend Fr Giang Tran and Dr Geoffrey Cox was the Director of Music. The readers were Mr Michael Curtin and Mr Graham Edwards.

The episcopal ordination was streamed live at: http://www.cam.org.au/Episcopal-Ordinations

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