Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has been formally appointed to the board of Caritas Australia and will begin his tenure this week.
Kirsty Robertson, Caritas Australia’s chief executive said the charity “welcomes Archbishop Coleridge with a sense of gratitude that someone with his depth of experience will grace us with his guidance and wisdom”.
“Archbishop Coleridge will be instrumental in building on the successes of our past and supporting us as we continue to implement our ten-year strategic vision.”
During his time as president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, from 2018 to July this year, Archbishop Coleridge oversaw the Fifth Plenary Council discussions, which brought First Australians’ recognition and identity to the forefront of discussions.
Archbishop Coleridge will begin his tenure on the board today, when he will lead the Caritas Australia staff and volunteers in a blessing of the organisation’s new Sydney office in Mascot.
“Project Compassion has always been close to my heart, and I’ve always appreciated the way that Caritas Australia helps to unite our Church community through our shared faith, and to strengthen our connection with dioceses, parishes and schools across the country,” Archbishop Coleridge said.
“This year has proved to be very challenging for communities worldwide, with war, political upheaval, famine and an increasing number of natural disasters. Through these times of darkness, we make our own the words of the Psalm: ‘my God in whom I trust’ (Psalm 91).
“Caritas Australia provides the Catholic community in Australia the opportunity to put the Gospel into action through compassion and generosity. Over the past few years, the great compassion of Catholic people in Australia has been humbling and heart-warming. That’s why, I look forward to being part of Caritas Australia’s future.”
Archbishop Mark Coleridge appointed to Caritas Australia Board (Caritas Australia)