New Archbishop’s journey begins with a virtual first step

Adelaide Archbishop designate Patrick O’Regan (The Southern Cross/Ben Macmahon)

While they may not be present for the installation of Archbishop Patrick O’Regan on Monday, Adelaide’s faithful will welcome him via a video to be played before the service in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral. Source: The Southern Cross.

By Jenny Brinkworth, The Southern Cross

The unique circumstances arising from the coronavirus pandemic mean the installation has been reduced to about 30 participants rather than the expected gathering of more than 2000 people.

Travel restrictions have also prevented family, clergy and bishops from interstate attending.

The installation ceremony will be conducted by Apostolic Administrator Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ, who will read the bull of appointment of the ninth Archbishop of Adelaide.

The installation and celebration of the Eucharist on the solemnity of Our Lady Help of Christians will be live streamed at 10.30am and replayed on community television in Adelaide.

Archbishop O’Regan arrived in Adelaide on May 5 and spent two weeks observing the COVID-19 protocol of isolation.

Originally from Bathurst in New South Wales, he was ordained a priest in 1983 and consecrated as Bishop of Sale in 2015.

The video produced by the Adelaide Archdiocese includes representatives of parishes, migrant communities, schools and Church agencies as well as messages from Archbishops Mark Coleridge and Tim Costelloe SDB.

Archbishop Coleridge, president of the Australian Bishops Conference, told Archbishop O’Regan that he and his fellow bishops were “very much with you in spirit”

“Whoever would have thought that the boy from Bathurst would end up the Bishop of Adelaide via Sale,” Archbishop Coleridge said in his message.

“May Mary Help of Christians, whose feast it is, guide you every step of the journey that lies ahead.”

“As president of the Plenary Council I look forward to working with you in helping all of us in the Church in Australia to listen to what the Spirit is saying,” said Archbishop Costelloe.

The Installation and celebration of the Eucharist can also be viewed at www.adelaide.catholic.org.au.

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