Bishop Greg Bennet was ordained the 10th Bishop of Sale yesterday in front of dozens of people gathered in St Mary’s Cathedral, with many more joining the ceremony online. Source: Sale Diocese.
A small gathering of 91 people was present to witness Bishop Bennet’s episcopal ordination, which was also livestreamed.
Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli was principal consecrator, assisted by co-consecrators Melbourne Archbishop Emeritus Denis Hart and Adelaide Archbishop and former Sale bishop, Archbishop Patrick O’Regan.
Before the ceremony a video of welcome was screened featuring messages to Bishop Bennet from people around the diocese and beyond. The video was a creative response to the challenges of COVID-19 restrictions.
Under normal circumstances, representatives from Sale parishes, Catholic schools, agencies, charitable organisations, ecumenical and interfaith leaders and civic leaders would formally receive the new bishop.
In his thank you speech, Bishop Bennet acknowledged the virtual welcome and said he looked forward to “really” meeting all those involved.
“I have become aware of so many local initiatives across our towns and suburbs which need to be celebrated as the Good News in action; these are tangible examples of faith in action which bring joy, care and reflect the servant leadership of Jesus entrusted to his disciples in every age.”
Bishop Bennet also expressed relief the ordination had finally been able to occur, after Pope Francis appointed him Sale in June and COVID-19 restrictions postponed a planned ceremony in October.
Our new bishop ordained – Bishop Greg Bennet (Sale Diocese)