Most Rev Bede Vincent Heather DD LSS BA
Bishop Emeritus of Parramatta
Bishop Bede Heather was born in Sydney on December 7 1928, the third child of William and Alice Heather.
|Most Rev Bede Vincent Heather DD LSS BA, Bishop Emeritus of Parramatta|
Bishop Heather was educated at St Patrick's College, Strathfield, and at St Columba's College, Springwood. He did his studies for the priesthood at Springwood, Manly and at Propaganda College in Rome, where he was ordained at Castel Gandolfo in 1951.
After completing postgraduate studies in Sacred Scriptures he returned to Sydney where he was Assistant Priest in the parishes of Brighton-le-Sands and Willoughby.
He taught biblical languages and literature at St Columba's Seminary, Springwood, and at St Patrick's Seminary, Manly, for a number of years.
Between 1973 and 1976 he gained experience in Africa where he taught in the Bigard Memorial Seminary, Nigeria.
Upon his return, he had short stays as Administrator at The Entrance and St Ives before taking up an appointment as leader of a pastoral team at Mt Druitt in 1977.
In 1979 he was ordained as Titular Bishop of Obbi and became an auxiliary bishop with responsibility for western Sydney. Bishop Heather was co-chairman of the Catholic/Baptist International Dialogue.
On 14 April 1986 he was nominated as the first Bishop of Parramatta and was formally installed at St Patrick's Cathedral on 19 May 1986.Bishop Heather served the Diocese of Parramatta until 10 July 1997 when he resigned. He now lives on the Central Coast of NSW.