BISHOP Michael Putney of Townsville Diocese died early this morning after his lengthy battle with cancer.
He was 67, and entered his 13th year as Bishop of Townsville yesterday.
The Townsville Diocese posted the news on their Facebook page this morning.
“It is with sadness that we announce that Bishop Michael Putney AM DD died peacefully in the early hours this morning. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer in December 2012 and has been an inspiration of faith during this time. Many prayers have been made during this time and in his words “last year was my miracle.”Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him.”
In an interview with The Catholic Leader in January, and said he was “doing this for God”.
“If I’ve only got a short time left, so be it,” he said.
“I’m doing this for God. God’s not dependent on me – I’m dependent on God. So whatever will be, let it be.
More details to follow.
Read the official press release from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference here.