Wednesday, December 07, 2011

NEW BISHOP BREAKS EPISCOPAL LOG JAM

NEW BISHOP OF ARMIDALE BISHOP DESIGNATE MICHAEL KENNEDY 
The appointment to-day of Father Michael Kennedy of the Diocese of Wagga Wagga, until now Parish Priest of Leeton in rural N.S.W. as Bishop of Armidale N.S.W. breaks the log jam in the large number of appointments now due and coming due in the Australian Episcopate. In one way, the appointment is surprising, for it would appear that Bishop Luc Matthys whom he succeeds could have been left in place , not being in any remote way, a "problem" Bishop.


Father Kennedy has served for a number of years as the Chairman of the Australian Confraternity of Catholic Clergy. This fact is evidence,  of his orthodoxy and support for the Magisterium.The new Bishop is 43 years old, having been born on 13th May, 1968.He was Ordained Priest on 14th August, 1999. He has a Diploma in Pedagogy, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Urban University (1999) and a Diploma in Mariology from the Pontifical Theological Faculty "Marianum".


The new Bishop has wide pastoral experience, as Assistant Priest, Parish Priest and Youth Chaplain and has recently headed up the Diocesan Vocations team.He has been Vicar Forane and a Member of the Presbyteral Council.


Relatively young at 43yrs he seems likely to be the first of a succession of appointments reflecting the generational change we have spoken about in earlier posts.


We wish Bishop Kennedy and the Diocese of Armidale under his Pastoral Care every blessing and the continuation of the happy situation it enjoyed under the superb Bishop Luc Matthys .



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