New Bishop for Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese

The Apostolic Nuncio, Most Reverend Paul Gallagher, has announced the Holy Father's appointment of Rev Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE as the next Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes. Bishop Macbeth-Green will be installed in Parkes at Holy Family Church 11.00am Thursday 3rd July 2014.

Rev Macbeth-Green was born in Forbes NSW and has been Superior and Rector of the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, Marian Valley, Canungra, Queensland since 2006, Vicar Provincial in Australia of the Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit since 2008 and Police Chaplain, South Eastern Region, Queensland since 2011.

Most Reverend Michael Kennedy, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese, said, "I am delighted with the appointment of Father Columba Macbeth-Green, who is well known to me, as the 7th Bishop of the Wilcannia Forbes Diocese. He has a well-grounded faith and possesses the human attributes that will equip him to be a good Pastor to the people of this rural and outback Diocese.

With his experience in country parishes he understands the joys, struggles and challenges of country parishes and their people. I am confident that Bishop Elect Macbeth-Green will be a true Shepherd after the heart of Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd. It is with great joy that I join with the people of Wilcannia Forbes in welcoming this appointment and in looking forward to a new beginning for the Diocese."

Pauline Fathers' shrines are a ministry of the monks of St Paul the Hermit, a Religious Order founded by Blessed Eusebius in 1215 in Hungary. The Pauline monks were introduced to Australia in the Wollongong Diocese from Poland in 1982.

They are a semi-contemplative Order devoted to a life of prayer and service to Jesus through Mary. The life embraces contemplation, Divine Liturgy and devotion to Mary. Their ministry involves pastoral work in parishes, retreats and managing the major shrines as at Penrose Park and Marian Valley.


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