By Media and Communications Office
The appointment of Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv. as Bishop of Parramatta has had flow on effects for the Western and Eastern regions of Melbourne.
Archbishop Denis Hart has appointed Bishop Mark Edwards OMI as Auxiliary Bishop of the Western Region as of 16 June, filling the void left by Bishop Long’s departure. Until this new appointment, Bishop Mark has been the Auxiliary Bishop for the Eastern Region.
Vicar General Monsignor Greg Bennet has been appointed by Archbishop Hart as the Episcopal Vicar for the Eastern Region. Mgr Bennet will take up this additional role also on 16 June, the date of Bishop Long’s installation in Parramatta.
The dates previously scheduled for Confirmations in both the Eastern and Western regions remain in place.
'Bishop Long has given gifted service as Auxiliary Bishop, as Bishop in the Western Region, as Episcopal Vicar for Social Services and Chair of Catholic Education Commission of Victoria,' said Archbishop Hart.
'We thank him sincerely and wish him every blessing in leading the Church in Parramatta.'