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Mass for the Installation of Bishop of the Eparch of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Melbourne - Tuesday 25 March

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 P.M.

Your 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.

 

 

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