Most Rev Philip Edward Wilson DD JCL DLit

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  • 1950 Born in Cessnock, NSW, on 2 October, 1950. Eldest of five children of Joan and John Wilson.
  • 1956-62 St Patrick’s Primary School, Cessnock.
  • 1963-68 St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill.
  • 1969-71 St Columba’s Seminary, Springwood. Study for Priesthood.
  • 1972-75 St Patrick’s Seminary, Manly. Study for Priesthood.
  • 1974 Bachelor of Theology, Catholic Institute of Sydney.
  • 1975 Ordained to the priesthood for the Maitland Diocese. Appointed Assistant Priest for East Maitland Parish.
  • 1977-78 Religious Education studies in New York, USA.
  • 1978 Appointed Director of Religious Education, Maitland Diocese.
  • 1980 Bishop’s secretary and Master of Ceremonies for the Maitland Diocese.
  • 1983 Parish Priest of Maitland.
  • 1987 Vicar General, Diocesan Management and Administration.
  • 1990 Studied Canon Law in Washington, D.C.
  • 1993 Appointed Director of the Tribunal, Maitland Diocese.
  • 1994-5 Returned to Washington, D.C. to complete a Canon Law Doctorate.
  • 1995 Appointed Prelate of Honour, with the title Monsignor, by the Holy Father.
  • 1996 Appointed by the Holy Father to succeed Bishop Murray as Bishop of Wollongong.
  • July 10, 1996 Episcopal Ordination at the hands of Cardinal Clancy, BHP Stadium, Unanderra.
  • July 14, 1996 Celebrated first Mass as Bishop in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, Wollongong.
  • February 1, 2011 Began ministry as Coadjutor-Archbishop of Adelaide in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral.
  • December 3, 2001 Installed as Archbishop of Adelaide at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.
  • December 4, 2001 Celebrated first Mass as Archbishop of Adelaide for staff, in St Patrick’s Church, Grote Street, Adelaide.
  • December 9, 2001 First Mass Celebrated in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, as Archbishop.
  • October 2, 2003 Honorary Doctorate, Doctor of Letters, (honoris causa), conferred at Newcastle University.
  • May 2006, Elected President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and subsequently re-elected twice more, and in 2012 was elected Vice President..
  • 2012 elected Vice President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference for a two-year term.
  • 2012 Elected Chair of the Bishops Commission for Justice Ecology and Development.
Committee Membership
  • 1996-2000 Secretary NSW & ACT Bishops
  • 1996-2000 Joint Stipends Committee NSW
  • 1996-2000 Joint Committee of ACBC and ACLRI for Professional Standards
  • 1996-2000 Bishops Committee for Employment Relations
  • 2000 Joint Committee of ACBC and ACLRI for Professional Standards
  • 2000 Bishops Committee for Doctrine and Morals
  • 2000 Bishops Committee for Canon Law
  • 2006-2012 Bishops Commission for Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations 
  • 2011 Bishops Commission for Canon Law.
Canon Law Membership
  • Canon Law Society of Australia & New Zealand
  • Canon Law Society of America;
  • Canon Law Society of Great Britain & Ireland
  • Society for Medieval Canon Law