The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Archbishop Philip Wilson today welcomed the appointment of Archbishop Mark Benedict Coleridge as Metropolitan Archbishop of Brisbane.
Archbishop Coleridge has served as the chief pastor of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn since 2006.
Archbishop Coleridge replaces Archbishop John Alexius Bathersby who retired last year after serving the people of Brisbane since 1992.
Archbishop Wilson said today that he was delighted with the appointment of Archbishop Coleridge and extended his heartfelt prayers to the Archbishop and the people of the Archdiocese.
“Archbishop Coleridge is an exceptionally talented pastor and will show solid leadership to the people of Brisbane. He has a great many gifts and wonderful human qualities. I will pray for him and the people of the Archdiocese in the coming weeks”, said Archbishop Wilson.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge was appointed the Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn in 2006, after spending some years as Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne.
Archbishop Mark has held posts as Master of Catholic Theological College, Melbourne; Media spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Melbourne, and foundation President of the Forum of Australian Catholic Institutes of Theology.
Appointed to Rome in 1997, Archbishop Mark worked in the Holy See’s Secretariat of State and was Chaplain to the late Pope John Paul II.
He is currently Chair of the Roman Missal Editorial Committee and the International Commission for the Preparation of an English-language Lectionary.
He chairs the Australian Bishops’ Commission for Liturgy and is a member of the Bishops’ Commission for Doctrine and Morals. He is also a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
He has recently been appointed to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.
Archbishop Coleridge will be installed as Archbishop of Brisbane on 11 May at St Stephen’s Cathedral.