Monsignor John Woods elected Canberra & Goulburn Administrator


The Archdiocesan Consultors of Canberra and Goulburn have elected Monsignor John Woods as Diocesan Administrator to lead the Archdiocese until the installation of a new Archbishop, following the appointment of Archbishop Mark Coleridge to Brisbane.

John Woods was ordained to the priesthood in 1978 and served as assistant priest in Waramanga, Goulburn and Queanbeyan before gaining a licentiate in Canon Law at St Paul’s University in Ottawa, Canada. On his return to Australia he headed up the Matrimonial Tribunal of the Archdiocese before becoming parish priest of Calwell, the then most populous parish in the Archdiocese. He helped guide the parish’s amalgamation with the parish of Gowrie to form the parish of South Tuggeranong.

Fr Woods then became Administrator of St Christopher’s parish in Canberra.

Archbishop Coleridge appointed him as the Vicar General of the Archdiocese and it was during this time that Pope Benedict promoted him to the rank of Monsignor.

The retiring Auxiliary Bishop, Pat Power, said he was delighted with Monsignor Woods’ election.

“John is a man of God with a truly pastoral heart, a keen intellect, a broad knowledge of the Archdiocese and in possession of good people skills,” he said.

“The Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn will be in good hands.”

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