THE man appointed to be Brisbane’s newest auxiliary bishop has received a rare preparation for episcopal life.
Bishop-elect Brian Finnigan, 63, has been general secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, based in Canberra, since 1998.
The position has allowed him to get to know all the nation’s bishops and to understand many of the issues they face.
Pope John Paul announced Fr Finnigan’s elevation to auxiliary bishop of Brisbane on January 31.
The Ballarat diocesan priest replaces Bishop Michael Putney who was transferred to lead Townsville diocese last year.
Visiting Brisbane the day after his new appointment was announced, Bishop-elect Finnigan sa
id he felt ‘overwhelmed and privileged’ at being appointed by the Holy Father to assist Archbishop John Bathersby and to serve the archdiocese in the company of Bishop John Gerry.
‘I look forward to working with the priests of the archdiocese, many of whom I know well, the religious and the people of the archdiocese so that we might all grow in faith, hope, trust, peace and service in this significant time in the life of the Church and the world.’