EPISCOPAL ORDINATION OF BISHOP TERENCE CURTIN AND BISHOP MARK
EDWARDS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART AT SAINT PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL,
MELBOURNE, ON WEDNESDAY, 17TH DECEMBER 2014 AT
Brothers and Sisters,
In the ordination of bishops the
Spirit of the Lord is given to bring good news to the poor and bind up hearts
that are broken, to proclaim a year of favour, to comfort those who mourn. (Isaiah 61:1-3, passim)
Our brothers, Terence Curtin and Mark
Edwards, come forward to be touched by the Spirit, to proclaim the new order
mentioned by Jesus in his call to love one another and to be renewed in a world
Bishop Terry comes supported by his sister-in-law,
Patricia, niece Rebecca and nephews Michael and Patrick. Bishop Mark has present his father, Graham, and
mother, Tineke, and his brothers and sister, Keith, Karen and Don.
Both come forward to serve among us in
the Archdiocese and as members of the College of Bishops in the Universal
Every bishop living in communion with
the See of Peter and with his brother bishops has the threefold mission given
by Jesus as teacher, priest and pastor.
They will be the 17th and 18th bishops appointed as Auxiliaries in this
Archdiocese since its foundation in 1848.
Through the Gospel they will preach the truth. In their search for holiness they will lead
the people of God to reach out to the Saviour and to be transformed, and as
shepherds they will walk confidently alongside people with a compassionate
Every bishop faces the anxieties and
expectations of today’s world by announcing the word of truth and life as a
harbinger of hope, which rests on the surety of God’s promises, because the
Father has called us to a living hope through the resurrection of Christ. (1 Peter 1:3)
This hope which trusts totally in God
is the ability to make history through the power of the Gospel so that in the
words of Diognetus, “Christians may be in the world what the soul is in the
body”. Hope sharpens the bishop’s
missionary spirit and consequently his creativity and initiative. As Mary hoped in the birth of the Redeemer,
we too hope, remember and persevere, looking for the day of Our Lord, Jesus
Bishop Curtin came to the Seminary
after secondary education at Saint Kevin’s College. After some time at Corpus Christi College he
went to the Pontifical Urban College in Rome, obtaining a Doctorate in Theology
from the Gregorian University. He has
worked in religious education, as head of school in Australian Catholic
University, Head of the Systematic Theology Department in Catholic Theological
College, Master of the Theological College, parish priest of Greythorn, and President
of the Melbourne College of Divinity.
More recently in his work as Episcopal Vicar for the Eastern Region, he
has shown renowned compassion for people, graced with the sound knowledge of
theology and love of the Church. The
crozier that he will use is that of Cardinal James Knox, renewed for the
Forty-first International Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia in 1976.
After his birth in Indonesia, Bishop
Edwards studied at Saint Leonard’s primary school, Glen Waverley, and Mazenod
College, before obtaining a Bachelor of Science from Monash University. He entered the Oblates in 1980 and after his
final profession he was ordained a priest here in the Cathedral on 16th August
1986. The crozier which he will use is
that of Archbishop Little who ordained him.
He has been involved in teaching at Mazenod College in Melbourne and
teacher and Rector at Iona College, Brisbane, as well as being Master of
aspirants, of novices, at Saint Mary’s Seminary and lecturer at Catholic
Theological College. Bishop Mark brings
great gifts of intellect, respect for people, leadership and a clear vision of
the love of Jesus and Mary in Catholic life.
These men come forward to be ordained
bishops. I welcome them as brothers and
collaborators. I know that all of us
here pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit in their life, so that they will be
one with us in nourishing our journey on our way to the Father.
May they watch over the whole flock in
which the Holy Spirit appoints them to govern the Church of God and share in
the mission of Jesus Christ, whose office of teacher, priest and shepherd they
will discharge, knowing always that it is the Holy Spirit who gives life to the
Church and by his power strengthens us in our weakness.
May they serve the people of God with
love and compassion for many years.
+ Denis J. Hart,
ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.