After years of uncertainty about its future, the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes welcomed one of its own as Bishop yesterday. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Media Office reports.
The episcopal ordination of the Most Reverend Columba Macbeth-Green as the seventh Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes took place yesterday at Holy Family Church, Parkes, NSW at 11am.
His Excellency, the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Paul Gallagher, was the principal ordaining bishop accompanied by Bishop Peter Ingham and Bishop Michael Kennedy.
More than 30 Australian Catholic Bishops and 650 parishioners attended the episcopal ordination Mass today. The Mass was live streamed from Holy Family Church, Parkes on the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes website.
Following his ordination, a formal installation Mass will take place at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Broken Hill, tomorrow (Saturday 5 July 2014) at 6pm to install Bishop Columba as the Bishop of the Diocese.
President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart, welcomed Bishop Columba on this special day. 'The Ordination as Bishop of a man from the diocese is a great encouragement for the people of Wilcannia-Forbes who will welcome Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green with great joy.'
'I join the people of Wilcannia-Forbes and all the Australian Bishops in welcoming Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green as bishop. His youth, priestly goodness, love of the country and his energy will augur dedicated service for his people in modern times,' Archbishop Hart said.
Speaking about his new role Bishop Columba said: 'I feel really excited about becoming the Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes. The people there are great people who know what it means to struggle for their way of life and for their faith in an isolated rural environment. It is a great privilege to be called by God to serve them as their bishop. I pray that I may be the good bishop they deserve.'
Highlighting his love of music, Bishop Columba said: 'I learnt to play the Bagpipes in Forbes when in year 10. I have played the pipes in Forbes, Parkes, Trundle, and Condobolin. As the new Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes, I hope to take the pipes and play them all around the diocese.'
Bishop Columba was born in Forbes, New South Wales on 30 June 1968.
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PHOTO: (From left) The Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Bishop Macbeth-Green, Bishop Peter Ingham of Wollongiong, courtesy Bill Jayet, Parkes Champion Post