SYDNEY Auxiliary Bishop Peter Comensoli has been appointed the third Bishop of Broken Bay diocese in New South Wales.
Pope Francis announced Bishop Comensoli as Broken Bay’s newest Bishop on November 20 in a private phone call.
Bishop Comensoli, 50, said he was “delighted but humbled” to take up his new pastoral service in Broken Bay, which has been vacant since Bishop David Walker retired on November 11, 2013.
He said he already considered the Broken Bay diocese his home.
“A diocese is like a great family united in the love of Christ, and I am keen to make my home with the good people of Broken Bay Diocese,” Bishop Comensoli said.
“I want to assure all the families of the Diocese – at home and in our parishes – that you are already in my daily prayers, and I unite myself to you in your joys and hopes, your griefs and anxieties.
“If I could ask one thing, may it be for your prayers for this sinner called to be your shepherd, after the heart of the Good Shepherd.”
Born in Bulli, NSW on March 25 1964, Bishop Comensoli is a “Wollongong boy” and former Wollongong diocese priest since 1992.
He was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney in 2011.
Before Archbishop Anthony Fisher’s appointment to Sydney, Bishop Comensoli served nine months as Sydney’s Apostolic Administrator.
Bishop Comensoli said he looked forward to working pastorally with diocesan priests, religious and lay parishioners.
“Parishes are neighbourhoods of grace, not just congregations,” he said.
“And I am keen to work with all our priests and people in growing our neighbourhoods of grace into bright beacons of faith, hope and love.”