New bishop will be ordained on Tuesday

THE Episcopal Ordination of Greg Bennet as the 10th Catholic Bishop of Sale will take place on Tuesday from 11am at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale, observing current COVID-19 restrictions.

Principal consecrator will be Archbishop of Melbourne Peter Comensoli, assisted by Emeritus Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart and former Bishop of Sale Patrick O’Regan, who is now the Archbishop of Adelaide.

Diocesan administrator Father Peter Slater said the diocese would like to have invited more guests and had more clergy participate in the ceremony, but being COVID-Safe was a key priority at this time.

“Plans are in place for what we hope to be a safe, special and memorable occasion for Bishop-elect Greg and the people of the Diocese of Sale,” he said.

The livestream will begin at 10.45am with a Diocesan welcome video, followed by the ceremony at 11am on the ‘Catholic Diocese of Sale’ YouTube channel and via the Diocesan website.

“I encourage people to watch the livestream and follow along with the ceremony booklet which will be available from the Diocesan website,” Fr Slater said.

The current COVID-safe per metre density allowance caps the gathering to 70 people in St Mary’s Cathedral.

There will also be limits on the number of clergy and others involved in the ceremony who can be on the sanctuary at any one time.

The ceremony will have a small choir compared to previous ordinations, with singers socially distanced.

Bishop-elect Greg Bennet has served as a priest in a variety of senior roles in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, including in the role of Vicar-General.

He was appointed by Pope Francis to Sale on June 27 following the previous Bishop of Sale, Patrick O’Regan’s appointment to the Archdiocese of Adelaide.