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Bishop Peter Ingham (Wollongong Diocese/Daniel Hopper)

Former Wollongong Bishop Peter Ingham, “a spiritual father of the Illawarra, Macarthur, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands”, died on April 26, aged 83. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

“The sad news of the death of Bishop Ingham, while not unexpected, will be felt deeply by many people: his family; the laity, religious and clergy of Wollongong diocese; his brother bishops and his many friends and admirers,” Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB said.

“As we entrust him with great confidence to the boundless compassion and mercy of God, we remember him as a man of deep faith, rich in human qualities, who embodied so well what it means to be a faithful Shepherd of God’s people according to the mind and heart of Christ.

“Eternal rest give to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.”

Bishop Ingham studied for the priesthood at St Columba’s Seminary, Springwood, and St Patrick’s Seminary, Manly. He was ordained by the late Cardinal Sir Norman Gilroy in St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, in 1964.

Following parish appointments in the Sydney Archdiocese, he was appointed private secretary to Cardinal James Freeman, and then as the secretary of the archdiocese.

Bishop Ingham was nominated as a monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1986, and in July 1993 he was consecrated auxiliary bishop of Sydney.

On 25 July 2001, Bishop Ingham was installed as the fourth bishop of Wollongong, serving the diocese for 16 years.

In 2022, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for “significant service to the Catholic Church in Australia”. 

Wollongong Bishop Brian Mascord described him as “a spiritual father of the Illawarra, Macarthur, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands”.

The details for Bishop Ingham’s vigil and funeral Mass at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Wollongong, will be announced soon.


Death of former Wollongong bishop, Peter Ingham (ACBC Media Blog)


Bishop Peter Ingham remembered as a “humble” and faithful servant following his death at age 83 (The Catholic Weekly)