ADDRESS OF WELCOME TO BISHOP BOSCO
PUTHUR GIVEN BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART AT SAINT PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL,
MELBOURNE, ON THE OCCASION OF HIS INSTALLATION AS BISHOP OF THE EPARCHY OF SAINT
THOMAS THE APOSTLE OF MELBOURNE FOR SYRO-MALABARESE ON TUESDAY, 25TH MARCH 2014 AT 7.00
Eminence, George Cardinal Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabarese,
Your Excellency, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Apostolic Nuncio to Australia,
Bishop Bosco Puthur, Brother Archbishops and Bishops, Priests and People,
In welcoming you all to Saint
Patrick’s Cathedral for this wonderful occasion when Bishop Bosco Puthur will
take possession of his See, I am sure that your prayers, hopes and
congratulations accompany all that is happening this evening.
It is a great honour for us to welcome
Bishop Puthur and to make available Saint Patrick’s Cathedral for this
significant ceremony in the life of the Church.
Dear Bishop Bosco, it is with joy and
warmth on behalf of the Syro-Malabarese people, the people of the Archdiocese
of Melbourne and of the Dioceses of Australia and New Zealand, that I welcome
you as you take possession of the Eparchy of Saint Thomas of Melbourne.
The new Eparchy is a sign of the Holy
Father’s paternal solicitude for the Syro-Malabar Catholics, who have moved
from India to live in Australia and New Zealand so that they can be nurtured in
the liturgical and spiritual tradition of the Saint Thomas Christians.
You, my brother, have served with
distinction and generosity since your ordination as a priest on 27th March
1971. Prior to that you studied at
Propaganda College, Rome, together with a number of Australian
seminarians. After normal appointments
as Assistant Priest, Prefect of the Minor Seminary, Professor of the Seminary
at Aluva, Rector of the Minor Seminary and Protosyncellus of the Archdiocese,
as well as Vicar of the Cathedral, Director of the Liturgical Research Centre
and Rector of Mangalapuzha Seminary, you were appointed Curial Bishop on 18th
January 2010 and ordained just under a month later.
Your appointment brings wide
experience of the Church and of your Rite.
We have been honoured in your previous visit to Melbourne where you
concelebrated at the Ordination of Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen.
Today we assure you of our prayers and
support, of our welcome among us as a brother bishop and of our love and
respect for the ancient tradition of the Saint Thomas Christians which you
carry with you and your people into new countries and with new challenges.
May the Lord bless you and assure you
of his constant, living presence as you place yourself in his hands for the
service of the people of God. To you I
say, ad multos annos.
+ Denis J. Hart,
ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.