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Bishop Greg Bennet (ACBC)

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has a new vice president after elections in Sydney. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

Sale Bishop Greg Bennet will take on the role after Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP retired from the position at the end of the maximum three, two-year terms.

The Conference acknowledged Archbishop Fisher’s service and leadership.

Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB was re-elected president of the ACBC.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to be vice president to Archbishop Costelloe whose leadership within conference and broadly across the Church has been so clearly reaffirmed by his re-election,” Bishop Bennet said.

“I am humbled by my brother bishops who have elected me to this position of service to the Conference.

“And, while I am surprised, I will commit myself to the support of the important work of administration and pastoral mission supported by the conference and our various partners across the dioceses and agencies of the Church throughout Australia.”

Bishop Bennet was ordained bishop in December 2020 and appointed by Pope Francis to the Dicastery for the Clergy in March 2023.

He has a Master of Science degree from Loyola College University in Baltimore (US), undertook licentiate studies in Rome and completed a theology degree at the Melbourne College of Divinity.

Bishop Bennet chairs the national Bishops Commission for Professional Standards and Safeguarding.

The election was held on the first day of the May plenary of all Catholic bishops of Australia on Friday.


New vice-president for Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC Media Blog)