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Broken Bay Prepares to Welcome Bishop Peter A Comensoli

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
5 Dec 2014

Bishop Peter Comensoli will be installed as Bishop of Broken Bay on 12 December

Bishop Peter Comensoli will be installed as Bishop of Broken Bay on Friday, 12 December at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara. He replaces Bishop David Walker who served the Diocese as Bishop from 1996 until his retirement in November last year and will be the third bishop of the Diocese.

A warm invitation has been extended to everyone in the Diocese to attend the Installation Mass which will begin at 11am.

Bishop Peter, a former Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese, said he is very much looking forward to the on Mass which will also be streamed live through the Diocesan website.

The Bishop will also celebrate Stational Masses in each of the five deaneries of the Diocese in the lead-up to Christmas.

Commenting on his appointment to Broken Bay Bishop Peter said he is looking forward to working with the priests and religious and everyone in the parishes and getting to know as many as possible.

"Parishes are neighbourhoods of grace, not just congregation," he said.

"I am keen to grow our neighbourhoods of grace into bright beacons of faith, hope and love."

Meantime there has been another Papal announcement of a new appointment for Australia.

Pope Francis has appointed the Diocese of Bathurst's Vicar General and Dean of the Cathedral, Father Patrick Michael O'Regan as ninth Bishop of Sale.

The Diocese of Sale in Victoria's Gippsland has been waiting for a new Bishop since its former Bishop, the Most Rev Chistopher Prowse was elevated to Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn by the Holy Father in September last year.

Following last night's announcement by the Pontiff of the new Bishop of Sale, the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart warmly welcomed the Bishop-elect describing him as a "gifted and pastoral priest with a love of country and wide experience."

"Bishops, priests and people will welcome him as he prepares to be ordained for the care of the Diocese and its people," Archbishop Hart said.

Father Patrick O'Regan to become ninth Bishop of Sale

Born on 8 October 1958, Bishop-elect O'Regan was educated at Saint Joseph's Primary School, Perthville and Saint Stanislaus' College, Bathurst. Studying for the priesthood at St Columba College, Springwood and later at St Patrick's College, Manly, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Bathurst on 2 September 1983.
 
Just over a decade later, he completed further studies in France where he graduated with a Licentiate in Liturgy and Sacramental Theology from the Institut Catholique in Paris.
 
Bishop-Elect O'Regan has taught at the Catholic Institute in Sydney and at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst.

He is also a member of the National Liturgical Council and Diocesan Coordinator for the ongoing formation of priests and permanent deacons.

Of his appointment, he says he feels a blend of surprise, excitement, numbness, humility and sadness.

"Surprise at being chosen, excitement at being able to be a source of unity and hope to the People of God in the Diocese of Sale," he explains and admits he is still numb from having his life turned upside down in what he describes as "a very Advent-ish, John the Baptist" manner.

Archbishop Christopher Prowse was Bishop of Sale until September last year when Pope Francis appointed him Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn

"I feel humility as the path of service opens up more deeply before me and sadness that after 31 years of working in, and 56 years of being part of the Diocese of Bathurst, I will be leaving. I am a little like Abram being called away to Sale," he says and quotes from Genesis 12:1: "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you."

Today Fr Peter Slater who in addition to his ministry as Parish Priest of Berwick has been Administrator of the Diocese of Sale since Archbishop Christopher Prowse's appointment as Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn Archdiocese, said he was very much looking forward to the arrival of Bishop-Elect O'Regan.

"I have known him since 2008. He is a thoughtful man with many years experience as a pastor in country parishes, which is great for our diocese which lies in the heart of the Gippsland region, and for our parishioners."