New Maitland-Newcastle Bishop ordained
|Bishop William Wright.|
(File Photo courtesy of Kerry Myers)
The new Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle, Bishop William Wright, was ordained Bishop of the Diocese by Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton on Wednesday 15 June.
Hundreds of people gathered at the cathedral and adjoining venues including bishops, clergy, parishioners, children and principals from Catholic primary and high schools, diocesan leaders, staff and Bishop Wright’s family and friends.
Bishop Wright becomes the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, following the announcement made by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome on Monday 4 April 2011.
Bishop Michael Malone has retired after 16 years of serving the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese.
"I have a very high regard for Bishop Wright both as a man, priest and now Bishop and I know he will serve the Diocese well," Bishop Michael said.
Bishop Wright was ordained a priest at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, on 20 August 1977 and in the lead up to his appointment, was the Parish Priest of All Saints Liverpool in the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.
Bishop Wright also has links to the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, including 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.
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