It is up to the Pope when he accepts such a resignation. 1 Cathedral Place, East Melbourne VIC 3002. Archbishop Peter A Comensoli Archbishop Peter Andrew Comensoli was born in the Illawarra on 25 March 1964, the fourth son and last child of the late Mick and Margaret Comensoli. To date, it has had 8 archbishops. February 6 2020 The events of our summer have cast into stark relief our human fragility. "You are the church that produced Australia's first saint and as Mary sits eager and expectant to what lay before her, I now join you on this same threshold, poised in anticipation of what we can do. The Official Directory of the Catholic Church is a fundamental tool for anyone working within the Church and for those in the wider community who seek to make contact. Contact the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne The Anglican Centre209 Flinders Lane (enter via corner Flinders Lane and Swanston Street)Melbourne VIC 3000 General enquiries Please direct all general enquiries to the telephone or email address below. The spires endure as a lasting memorial to him.Simonds returned immediately to Melbourne where he celebrated Archbishop Mannix’s funeral Mass and preached the panegyric.

Dr Freier is the third Archbishop of Melbourne to be Primate. He was baptised at St John Vianney Church, Fairy Meadow, the parish in which he would receive the sacraments of Christian initiation as well as priestly ordination. Construction of the cathedral was not completed until 1939. Until the mid-20th century, the Catholics of the archdiocese were almost all Irish or of Irish origin, when expansion of the migration programs saw the arrival of non-Irish Catholics from continental Europe. Not just the vulnerability of our individual lives in the face of natural disaster, but the very fabric of our society. Archbishop Simonds and Cardinal Knox were born in Glen Innis, New South Wales and Bayswater, Western Australia, respectively, while Archbishops Little and Pell are native Victorians and claim as their common Alma Mater St Patrick’s College, Ballarat. Archbishop Kay was born and called to ministry in the Diocese of Melbourne. The Anglican Diocese of Melbourne is the metropolitan diocese of the Province of Victoria in the Anglican Church of Australia. Senior sources believe a decision is imminent.The Nuncio, Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, did not respond to a request for comment from There is keen interest and speculation in church circles about who will replace Archbishop Hart to head what is by far the largest archdiocese in Australia, with a Catholic population of 1.1 million people.Melbourne also takes in the biggest network of parishes and schools in Australia, according to the church’s latest official directory.The process is being watched closely by insiders and observers who are trying to gauge if the conservative approach under Archbishop Hart and his predecessor Cardinal George Pell is set for a shake up through the appointment of a more liberal candidate.Pope Francis will be given a final shortlist of three candidates by the Nuncio, church sources say, and among the names touted as possible contenders are: Perth Archbishop Tim Costelloe, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher, Melbourne vicar-general Greg Bennet, Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Bill Wright, Canberra Archbishop Christopher Prowse and Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen.Archbishop Costelloe is widely regarded as favourite for the job if, that is, the Pope opts for another conservative for Melbourne.Bishop Long, a Vietnamese refugee and liberal, is regarded as an outside shot and, along with Bishop Wright, is seen as holding views similar to those of Pope Francis.Sources have also flagged prominent Jesuit priest, academic and human rights lawyer Frank Brennan, as a possible left field choice for the position.On Tuesday, Father Brennan made light of the speculation, insisting his relatively junior priest status, his strident support of the ordination of women, and his background as a Jesuit lawyer, all but ruled him out of contention.Denis Hart, who was ordained as a priest in 1967, has been archbishop since 2001.It has been a tough period for conservative Catholics who have struggled to come to terms with the church’s failings around child sexual abuse scandals, the legalisation of same-sex marriage, the imminent legalisation of assisted dying in Victoria and mounting pressure for greater accountability around church finances.Archbishop Hart’s time in the position has coincided with a parliamentary inquiry and a royal commission focussed on the church’s horrendous record of child sexual abuse, cover ups and miserly compensation to abuse survivors.The local church has also been rocked by the criminal charges against Cardinal Pell for alleged historic sex abuse offences. He has been part of The Age’s investigative unit since 2015.Royce Millar is an investigative journalist at The Age with a special interest in public policy and government decision-making. By Philip Freier. Fax: (03) 9926 5613. Each archbishop, however, has contributed most significantly to the story and the fabric of St Patrick’s.After his arrival in Australia in 1838 he was appointed parish priest of the Campelltown district, N.S.W. Three Archbishops - Goold, Carr, and Mannix - were born in Ireland. Each … Mannix dedicated the spires to the memory of his two predecessors. Ph: (03) 9926 5612.