Broken Bay Diocese officially welcomed its new shepherd on Monday, as Bishop Anthony Randazzo was installed as the fourth Bishop of Broken Bay. Source: Broken Bay News.
Close to 1200 people attended the Solemn Mass of Installation at The Light of Christ Centre, Waitara, including 27 bishops from across Australia and more than 120 priests and deacons.
The evening at began at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral for the official Liturgical Reception and Evening Prayer, attended by Bishop Randazzo, diocesan and visiting bishops. Bishop Randazzo was greeted at the Cathedral door by the Dean of the Cathedral, Fr Peter De Souza, before professing his faith and oath of fidelity to the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana.
The installation Mass was held at The Light of Christ Centre, to cater for the large crowd.
As part of the Rite of Installation, Archbishop Yllana read out the Papal Bull in Latin and then in English. The Bull was then presented to the College of Consultors and given to the Chancellor of Broken Bay, Jo Robertson. Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli, the third Bishop of Broken Bay, presented the crozier belonging to the first Bishop of Broken Bay, Patrick Murphy, to Bishop Randazzo.
Archbishop Yllana and Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP then escorted Bishop Randazzo to his Cathedra, taking his place as the Bishop of Broken Bay.
Representatives from across the diocese were then introduced to Bishop Randazzo, including families, the Catholic Women’s League, schools, clergy, and migrant communities.
In his thanks at the end of Mass, Bishop Randazzo made special mention of the two previous Bishops of Broken Bay, Bishop Emeritus David Walker and Archbishop Comensoli.
“It is so great to have you with us,” Bishop Randazzo said. “You are both held in such high esteem and greatly loved by these, your people of Broken Bay. And I hope that I can be half the bishop you have been leading this flock.
Bishop Randazzo also thanked Fr David Ranson, who has been leading Broken Bay as diocesan administrator for the past 16 months.
Bishop Anthony Randazzo welcomed to Broken Bay in a beautiful Mass (Broken Bay News)