Nazareth Catholic Parish

Grovedale, Torquay and Anglesea

 No matter who you are or what you are,
you are WELCOME among us

An especially warm welcome to our new Archbishop.

June 29, 2018
From Archbishop Denis Hart to the people of Melbourne:
With joy I inform you that our Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Peter Andrew Comensoli of the Diocese of Broken Bay as the ninth Archbishop of Melbourne. The announcement has been made at 8pm today Friday 29 June Australian Eastern Standard Time (Noon in Rome)

On behalf of the Archdiocese, I extend a warm greeting to Archbishop-elect Comensoli, who is generous, gifted and faith-filled. He will bring a wealth of experience to the Archdiocese, beginning with his priestly ordination in Wollongong in 1992, followed by his ordination as Bishop in Sydney in 2011 and his appointment as Bishop of Broken Bay in 2014. A copy of Archbishop-elect Comensoli’s curriculum vitae is attached.

We greet him with warm hearts and hope for the future, and will be honoured to welcome him at the Mass of Reception in St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday 1 August at 7pm. I have been asked to act as Apostolic Administrator until that date.

Archbishop-elect Comensoli said he was deeply moved by the Holy Father’s trust in making this appointment.

‘The life of Christian discipleship is a precious gift, developed through hearing and responding to God’s call. In accepting this call to be a new missionary among God’s people of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, I readily acknowledge the great responsibility entrusted to me, along with the frailties I carry,’ he said.

‘To the good people of Melbourne, let me say that you are already in my prayers. As I come among you I place my trust in the tender encouragement of Jesus. We are pilgrims together in the Lord’s vineyard. As we take these first steps in friendship, may we anchor our lives to his Gospel.
Read ArchBishop-elect Peter's curriculum vitae here
Watch ArchBishop-elect Peter's Message to Melbourne, as he warmly greets the faithful of his new Archdiocese.

and a warm farewell to Archbishop Hart.

  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.