Farewell from Catholic bishop of Sale

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

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.