Wagga Wagga priest appointed Bishop of Armidale

09/12/2011

Wagga Wagga priest Rev Father Michael Kennedy has been appointed Bishop-Elect of Armidale following the resignation of Most Rev Luc Matthys DD having reached the age limit.

Bishop-Elect Kennedy was ordained for the Diocese of Wagga in the late 1990s and is currently the Vicar Forane (Dean) of the Murrumbidgee Deanery. He is also currently the Parish Priest of Leeton in NSW.

In welcoming the appointment, Bishop Matthys said it was particularly pleasing that Bishop‐Elect Kennedy comes from a rural background and will be familiar with the needs of a country Diocese.

"As I lay down my responsibilities as the Bishop of Armidale, I am tremendously grateful for the prayers and wonderful support from the clergy, the religious and the laity of the Diocese during my years as Bishop," Bishop Matthys said.

"I know all in our Diocese will join me in praying God’ blessing on Bishop‐Elect Kennedy on his appointment."

Bishop Gerard Hanna of Wagga Wagga also expressed his support for the news that one of his senior priests had been appointed and wished him every success in his new ministry.

"We congratulate him on his appointment. He has over the last 13 years shown a very balanced approach to his pastoral ministry in the Diocese and I believe that he is well suited in his new role of leadership as the Bishop of the Diocese of Armidale," Bishop Hanna said.

'Honoured and humbled'

Bishop-Elect Kennedy expressed both surprise and joy when receiving the appointment and hopes that he will be a true shepherd to the people of Armidale.

"I am both honoured and humbled to have been chosen to be a successor of the Apostles as the bishop of Armidale," Bishop-Elect Kennedy said.

"It is my hope to be a true shepherd and teacher for the people of Armidale so that, together, we may grow in faith and build up the Body of Christ. I begin by asking the faithful of the Armidale Diocese to pray for me, and by assuring them of my heartfelt prayers for them."

Bishop-Elect Kennedy began his priestly formation at Vianney College in Wagga Wagga and completed his studies in Rome at Propaganda Fide, obtaining a Licentiate in Sacred Theology.

In the course of his ministry in Wagga Wagga, Bishop-Elect Kennedy was the Rector of St Francis’ Residential College at Charles Sturt University. He has also served as assistant priest in Albury.

In addition to working as a Parish Priest in the Diocese, he has worked as a lecturer at Vianney College, covering moral theology as a major course.



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