As we welcome Bishop Peter we also offer our gratitude and thanks to Archbishop Denis.
On 22 June 2001 he was appointed Archbishop of Melbourne. On 29 June 2001 he received the Pallium in St Peter's Square, Rome with the other newly appointed Archbishops at the hands of Pope John Paul II. On 1 August 2001 Archbishop Hart took possession of the See of Melbourne.
He has given our Archdiocese faithful leadership over the last 17 years, and will continue to do so as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese until the installation of Archbishop-elect Comensoli on Wednesday 1 August.
As you ponder this next stage of your journey Bishop Denis, know that we are grateful for your presence in our lives of faith, and that our prayers will support you as we hold you gently before our merciful and gracious God.