Most Rev Mark Coleridge DD appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Brisbane


Most Rev Mark Benedict Coleridge DD
Most Rev Mark Coleridge DD.

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President Archbishop Philip Wilson has welcomed His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s appointment of Most Rev Mark Coleridge DD as Metropolitan Archbishop of Brisbane.

Archbishop Coleridge has served as the chief pastor of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn since 2006.

Archbishop Coleridge replaces Archbishop John Alexius Bathersby who retired last year after serving the people of Brisbane since 1992.

Following the announcement on 2 April, Archbishop Wilson said that he was delighted with the appointment of Archbishop Coleridge and extended his heartfelt prayers to the Archbishop and the people of the Archdiocese.

“Archbishop Coleridge is an exceptionally talented pastor and will show solid leadership to the people of Brisbane,” Archbishop Wilson said.

He has a great many gifts and wonderful human qualities. I will pray for him and the people of the Archdiocese in the coming weeks.”

Archbishop Coleridge was appointed the Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn in 2006, after spending some years as Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne.

Archbishop Coleridge has held posts as Master of Catholic Theological College, Melbourne; Media spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Melbourne, and foundation President of the Forum of Australian Catholic Institutes of Theology.

Appointed to Rome in 1997, Archbishop Coleridge worked in the Holy See’s Secretariat of State and was Chaplain to the late Pope John Paul II.

He is currently Chair of the Roman Missal Editorial Committee and the International Commission for the Preparation of an English-language Lectionary.

He chairs the Australian Bishops’ Commission for Liturgy and is a member of the Bishops’Commission for Doctrine and Morals. He is also a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

He has recently been appointed to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

Archbishop Coleridge will be installed as Archbishop of Brisbane on 11 May.

All energies and gifts committed to apostolic task

Archbishop Coleridge said that at a time in life when many are looking to retire, he had been called to take up the greatest challenge of my life”.

I am heartened that Pope Benedict and others have chosen me as Chief Pastor of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, and I am grateful to the Holy Father for the trust he has placed in me.

...peacefully and without reserve I put my life in His hands and at the service of the Church in Brisbane and Queensland. That service will be a great privilege.

I am deeply grateful for the grace of my six years as Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn, and I will leave with unforgettable memories of people and places from Canberra to Bega, from West Wyalong to Cooma, from Gundagai to Goulburn and beyond.

Statements like this and rites of installation are easy enough. It is harder to do what a bishop must do at a complex time like this in the Church when the future must be made, not just awaited. I commit all my energies and gifts to that apostolic task in Brisbane, looking more than ever to the Lord of Easter, Jesus Christ crucified and risen.”

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