New Bishop for Maitland-Newcastle Diocese


Father Bill Wright
Father Bill Wright. Photo: Kerry Myers.
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President Archbishop Philip Wilson has announced, on the advice of Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, that a new Bishop has been appointed to the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

"It is with great pleasure that I announce that Reverend William Wright of the Archdiocese of Sydney has been appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, on the retirement of Bishop Michael Malone," Archbishop Wilson said. 

Fr Bill Wright was born on 26 October 1952 in Washington DC. He was educated in Sydney and the UK and completed his secondary schooling at Jesuit Fathers St Aloysius’ College in Milsons Point.

He entered the Seminary for the Archdiocese of Sydney in 1971, studying first at St Columba’s College in Springwood in the Blue Mountains before proceeding to St Patrick’s College, Manly.

Fr Wright's links to the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta include Our Lady of the Rosary at St Marys, where he had a pastoral placement in youth ministry while studying for the priesthood from 1974-1977, and Holy Family at Mt Druitt, where he was Assistant Priest from 1992-1994.

Fr Wright has also served as a parish priest in a number of Archdiocese of Sydney parishes, including Dulwich Hill and Bonnyrigg-Edensor Park. Fr Wright has been the parish priest of Liverpool since 2009.

He served as the Vice Rector of the Seminary between 1985 and 1991, and as an Assistant Secretary to the Bishops Conference in 1995.

Fr Wright is currently serving as the Chairman of the Catholic Schools Board of the Archdiocese of Sydney and is the representative of the Western Deanery on the Council of Priests.

Archbishop Wilson welcomed warmly the announcement of Father Wright. He also paid tribute to Bishop Michael Malone’s work in the Diocese and wished him well for the future.

"I have every confidence that Fr Wright will serve the people of Maitland-Newcastle well with his many gifts," Archbishop Wilson said.

"I am sure that Fr Wright will also join me in wishing Bishop Michael Malone every blessing and good wish for the future."

Bishop Michael Malone will continue to serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese until the installation of Fr Wright.


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