20 Mar 2020

New Archbishop of Adelaide appointed

The Southern Cross  |  March 20 2020

New Archbishop of Adelaide appointed

Bishop Patrick O’Regan, currently Bishop of the Diocese of Sale in Victoria, will be the new Archbishop of Adelaide.

His appointment by Pope Francis yesterday comes 20 months after the resignation of Archbishop Philip Wilson, who served the archdiocese from 2001.

Announcing the appointment to the faithful in South Australia, Apostolic Administrator Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ said “we thank God that our long period of waiting is over and express our delight and welcome to our new Archbishop”.

Bishop O’Regan said his appointment comes at a critical moment for Catholics in Adelaide and across the country.

“With Adelaide set to host the first assembly of the historic Fifth Plenary Council of Australia later this year, this is an exciting time for the Archdiocese of Adelaide,” he said.

“I look forward to playing my part alongside the people of the Archdiocese in welcoming to Adelaide the Church from right across Australia.”

Bishop O’Regan was born in Bathurst in 1958. He was educated at St Joseph’s Primary School in Perthville, the village in which he grew up, and at St Stanislaus’ College Bathurst. He undertook seminary training at St Columba’s College Springwood and St Patrick’s College Manly, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Bathurst in 1983.

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