…to loose two of them might, to some folk, seem like carelessness!
But of course, we here in The Great Episcopal Incubation Chamber don’t see it like that, and certainly our Archbisop doesn’t.
Here is his announcement of the latest Glad Tidings of Great Joy from the Holy See:
I have pleasure in notifying you that the Holy Father has appointed Most Reverend Timothy Costelloe, S.D.B., D.D., Archbishop of Perth.
?The announcement will be made in Rome at twelve noon on Monday, 20th February 2012 (10.00 p.m. e.a.s.t).
?We are deeply grateful to Bishop Costelloe for his work in Melbourne as a Salesian Priest, Formator, Parish Priest and Auxiliary Bishop.
?He has given great leadership as Chair of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria, Chair of the Board of the Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation and Chair of Mannix College Council, as well as his long involvement with Catholic Theological College, and with many parishes and communities.
?As he prepares to take up his new appointment we assure him of our congratulations and prayers for his new responsibilities.
?The date of a Mass of Farewell (with an opportunity to meet the people) in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral will be advised in due course. The date of his Mass of Reception in Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Perth is Wednesday, 21st March, 2012. The time is yet to be confirmed.
?From the time of his departure an Episcopal Vicar will be appointed for the Northern Region until the appointment of a new Auxiliary Bishop.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Denis J. Hart
ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.
SCE offers its heartiest congratulations to Archbishop-designate Timothy, and we invoke the intercession of his namesake St Timothy for his future ministry.
In the mean time, while there are plenty more appointments of new ordinaries yet to be made of around Australia, I hope the Holy Father realises we only have two auxiliaries left…