Farewell from Catholic bishop of Sale


TO my dear people in the Diocese of Sale.

Totally unexpectedly and to my great surprise, His Holiness, Pope Francis, has appointed me Archbishop of the Canberra and Goulburn Archdiocese.

Just when I was feeling really comfortable as the Bishop of Sale, the Holy Spirit has pushed me out of my comfort zone.

Perhaps I should not feel surprised.

After all, that is what the Holy Spirit is always doing to us.

Disciples must be ready to march outward to a beat not of their own making.

So now I must respond humbly and do simply what I would expect anyone of you to do: to obey the Marian imperative of Cana “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2/5).

There will be time over the next short period to say our goodbyes.

For now, may I say simply the following: the last four years as your Bishop in the Diocese of Sale have been times of great happiness for me.

To be your servant-Bishop has really helped me grow as a Catholic leader.

Thank you so much.

May I impose on you to remember me in your prayers?

I am in need of them.

Thank you.

Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus.