The Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese in western NSW needs to get behind the new bishop being ordained in July, according to the administrator at the Diocese's cathedral in Broken Hill, reports the ABC.
Last month, Fr Columba Macbeth-Green was announced as the first bishop for the Diocese since 2009. Several apostolic administrators have been appointed to oversee Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese since 2009, with the most recent one being the Bishop of Armidale, Bishop Michael Kennedy.
A proposal to split up the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese was rejected by the Vatican last year.
Broken Hill Cathedral administrator Father Danny Meagher says it's a new era for the Diocese, and members should support the new bishop when he's installed. 'Now of course all the local people have got to get behind the new bishop because there are struggles in the Diocese,' he said.
'Over the last couple of generations the population has declined, bums on pews has declined, the number of priests has declined so in many many ways the people have got to find their strength now.'
FULL STORY Need for more 'bums on pews' in Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese (ABC)