Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Sydney
Titular Bishop of Tigisi in Numidia
Bishop Peter Andrew Comensoli was born in the Illawarra on 25 March, 1964, the fourth son and last child of Mick and Margaret Comensoli. He was baptised at St John Vianney Church, Fairy Meadow, the parish in which he would receive all his sacraments of Christian Initiation, as well as priestly Ordination.
Bishop Comensoli was educated by the Good Samaritan Sisters at St John Vianney's Primary School, and by the Marist Fathers at St Paul's College, Bellambi. Following school, he worked for four years in the banking sector, while studying Commerce at Wollongong University.
Bishop Comensoli commenced his studies for the priesthood at St Patrick's College, Manly in 1986. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Wollongong on 22 May 1992. During his time in the diocese he served as Assistant Priest and then Administrator in a number of parishes. He was Diocesan Chancellor for six years and a member of various clergy and diocesan committees.
Bishop Comensoli holds a Bachelor of Theology (1989) and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (1991) from the Catholic Institute of Sydney, where he is now a sessional lecturer. He holds a Licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL) in moral theology from the Accademia Alfonsiana (2000), a Master of Letters (MLitt) in moral philosophy from the University of St Andrews (2007), and a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in theological ethics from Edinburgh University (2011).
On 20 April 2011, Bishop Comensoli was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, and ordained to the Episcopate on 8 June 2011 at St Mary's Cathedral.
In the Archdiocese of Sydney, Bishop Comensoli is Episcopal Vicar for Life, Marriage and Family, Chair of the Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic Schools (SACS) Board, and Parish Priest of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Watsons Bay, amongst other ministerial activities. At a national level, he is currently a member of the Bishops' Commissions for Church Ministry, for Evangelisation and for Mission and Faith Formation.
His motto is: Praedicamus Christum crucifixum (‘We proclaim a crucified Christ' – 1 Cor 1.23).