The Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn has a new Archbishop.
Bishop Christopher Prowse, of Sale, will be installed as the Archdiocese’s seventh Archbishop at St Christopher’s Cathedral in Canberra on Tuesday, 19 November.
On behalf of the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese, Archdiocesan Administrator Mgr John Woods welcomed the appointment by Pope Francis with “joy and gratitude to God”.
“We pray for Archbishop-Elect Christopher Prowse as we look forward to his installation,” he said. “May his pastoral ministry in Christ’s name engage all the faithful of the Archdiocese, other Christians, adherents to other religions and all people of good will.”
Bishop Prowse, who will turn 60 only days before his installation, has been Bishop of Sale since mid-2009.
Ordained to the priesthood in August 1980, he served in a number of parishes around Melbourne before he was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne in May 2003.
He was elected to the permanent committee of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in May this year and chairs the Bishops’ Commission for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations.
Born in East Melbourne, the third of six children, Bishop Prowse was educated at St Francis Xavier Primary School and was captain of St Leo’s College in Box Hill. After attaining degrees in arts and theology, he completed a doctorate of moral theology.
His father, Frank, played for Hawthorn in the Victorian Football League and Bishop Prowse remains a Hawks supporter.