Pope Appoints Adelaide Apostolic Administrator

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
4 Jun 2018

Pope Francis has today appointed Bishop Gregory O'Kelly SJ of Port Pirie as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference appreciates both the Holy Father's pastoral concern for the Archdiocese and Bishop O'Kelly's generosity in accepting the appointment.

Bishop O'Kelly was born in Adelaide and served there as a priest and Auxiliary Bishop before his appointment to Port Pirie.

As Apostolic Administrator, Bishop O'Kelly assumes administrative and executive authority in the Archdiocese until any future decision of the Pope, to whom an Apostolic Administrator is directly answerable.

He will remain Bishop of Port Pirie during this period.

His appointment comes following Archbishop Philip Wilson's recent decision to step down from his episcopal duties in the Archdiocese.

Archbishop Wilson remains on bail until his sentence hearing on June 19.

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