Bishop Michael McKenna
Michael Joseph McKenna was ordained and installed as Eighth Bishop of Bathurst on 26th June 2009 by His Eminence Cardinal George Pell; Emeritus Bishop, the Most Rev Patrick Dougherty (Bathurst); and Emeritus Bishop, the Most Rev Jeremiah Coffey (Sale). He was the first Bishop of Bathurst in 89 years to be ordained within the Diocese. At the time of his appointment to Bathurst, he was Chaplain to the University of Melbourne and Administrator of All Saints' Parish in Fitzroy.
Bishop Michael was originally a priest of the Diocese of Sale and has held various positions since his ordination in 1983, including Rector of Corpus Christi College in Melbourne and two terms as Secretary General of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference.
Bishop Michael is the Chair of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference's Commission for Christian Unity and Inter-religious Relations. On 19th May 2020, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, appointed Bishop McKenna to the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. In 2021 the Bishop was also appointed to the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission.
The Bishop's motto is 'Legato Con Amore' (Bound with Love).