Catholic bishop heading for Canberra

CATHOLIC Bishop of Sale Christopher Prowse has been named the new Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn.

Pope Francis appointed Bishop Prowse to the position last night. He will be installed as Archbishop in a ceremony in Canberra on November 19, a few days after his 60th birthday.

Bishop Prowse travelled to Canberra today to meet the Pope’s representative and senior Canberra-Goulburn clergy to plan the installation Mass.

The Canberra-Goulburn archdiocese has been without bishop since Mark Coleridge was appointed Archbishop of Brisbane in May 2012 and auxiliary Bishop Patrick Power retired a few weeks later.

Bishop Prowse was an auxiliary bishop in Melbourne from 2003 to 2009, when he was appointed as the eighth Bishop of Sale, taking over from Jeremiah Coffey.

During his time in the Sale Diocese, he oversaw the transfer of various diocesan offices to Sion House in Warragul and instigated the major restoration works which have just been completed at St Mary’s cathedral in Sale.

The diocese now enters caretaker mode with the bishop as administrator until Bishop Prowse leaves for Canberra and then he will be replaced by an apostolic administrator who will run the diocese until a new bishop is appointed.

The administrator will be appointed by the diocesan college of consultors which is made up of senior priests.