Travel restrictions leave new archbishop stranded

Archbishop-designate Patrick O’Regan (ACBC)

Archbishop-designate Patrick O’Regan has delivered a message of hope for Adelaide parishioners despite being stranded in Victoria by coronavirus travel restrictions. Source: The Advertiser.

By Miles Kemp, The Advertiser

“People will come back to understanding what is important at this difficult time … being together, supporting each other and having hope,”’ he said from his diocese in Sale on Wednesday.

Archbishop-designate O’Regan was due to be in Adelaide on Wednesday for meetings, but instead was set to be briefed by key officeholders over a videoconference about the issues faced by the archdiocese, which has been without a leader for almost two years since the resignation of Archbishop Philip Wilson in July 2018.

“The video conference will just be to take a pulse, get the temperature and get a sense of the recent history and how all the bits and pieces fit together,” Archbishop-designate O’Regan said.

“It is a bit frustrating not being able to physically be there.”

Archbishop-designate O’Regan said he hoped to be in Adelaide at some time after Easter, “even if I have to self-isolate for two weeks”.

According to canon law his installation at the Adelaide cathedral must happen within two months, but Archbishop-designate O’Regan said it would likely be a closed ceremony because of COVID-19 restrictions.


Focus on what is important and be with each other (The Advertiser

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