During the past nine months, Bishop Comensoli has served as the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Sydney. The position of Archbishop was vacant from February until last week when Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP was installed.
Currently, Bishop Comensoli is a member of the Bishops Commission for Church Ministry and Bishops Commission for Evangelisation.
President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart, welcomed the new Bishop of Broken Bay: “For the Australian bishops, I congratulate Bishop Peter Comensoli upon his appointment as Bishop of Broken Bay.
"After distinguished service in Wollongong, and as Auxiliary Bishop and Administrator in the Archdiocese of Sydney, he brings his great abilities and personal gifts to serve and care for the priests and people of Broken Bay. He will receive a very warm welcome. Ad multos annos.”
Speaking about his appointment, the 50-year-old Bishop said he was “humbled and happy to be asked by the Holy Father to be the third Bishop of Broken Bay.”
“I am looking forward to getting to know the family that is Broken Bay Diocese. I assure the people of the Diocese that they are already in my prayers and I ask them to keep me in their prayers, that I may be a good shepherd for them, after the heart of Jesus,” Bishop Comensoli said.
Born in Bulli, NSW, in 1964, Bishop Comensoli was educated at St Paul’s College, Bellambi, Wollongong. For four years, after school, he worked in banking while studying Commerce at Wollongong University and the University of New England.
In 1986, Bishop Comensoli joined the seminary at St Patrick’s College, Manly. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Wollongong in 1992. Bishop Comensoli holds a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) in Theological Ethics from Edinburgh University (2011).
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