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Bishop Terry Brady (ACBC/Giovanni Portelli Photography)

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Terence Brady after he turned 75, the canonical retirement age for bishops, earlier this year. Source: Source: Sydney Archdiocese

Bishop Brady has contributed to the Church in Australia, especially through ministry to the disadvantaged over many decades.

He began volunteering at the Matthew Talbot hostel for homeless men as a student at De La Salle Catholic College in Cronulla and credits the experience with having shaped a desire to serve others, alongside the strong faith nurtured in him from a young age by his Irish-Australian parents.

At the age of 18, Bishop Brady began life as a religious brother with the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart but left before taking his final vows.

He was ordained a diocesan priest in 1983 and an auxiliary bishop in 2007.

Bishop Brady has left a great legacy through his ministry to those in need including as archdiocesan director of Catholic Mission and in leadership roles with the St Vincent De Paul Society.

He has also served as Chair for the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life, responsible for defending the rights of migrants and refugees, prisoners and people with disabilities.

Fr Gerry Gleeson, Sydney Archdiocese’s vicar general said Bishop Brady had been an inspiration to many Australians.

“His concern for social justice and his compassion for those on the margins of society are well known and have been an inspiration to so many people both within and outside the Church”, Fr Gleeson said.


Bishop Brady retires (By Michael Kenny, The Catholic Weekly via Sydney Archdiocese)