Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Christopher Prowse as the eighth Catholic Bishop of Sale. He succeeds Bishop Jeremiah Coffey who retired eighteen months ago. Bishop Prowse, 55, was born in Melbourne. He is a former Vicar General of Melbourne and was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne in 2003. On receiving news of his appointment, Bishop Prowse commented: ‘Pope Benedict XVI has given me an enormous responsibility to teach, govern and sanctify the good people of the Sale Diocese. In thanksgiving, I hope to offer my life as a servant of the Gospel of Jesus, alive in the Catholic Church.’ Bishop Prowse added: ‘May I implore humbly the prayers of people as I prepare to take up this pastoral responsibility of service.’ The Diocesan Administrator of Sale, Father Peter Slater, said: ‘I am delighted with the news of the appointment of Bishop Christopher Prowse to Sale. I am sure the whole diocese will welcome Bishop Prowse and we look forward to his work among us as our Bishop.’ The Solemn Mass and Liturgical Reception of Bishop Prowse as Bishop of Sale will be take place at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale, 2pm on Wednesday, 15th July 2009.