Melbourne Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Costelloe SDB DD, aged 58, has been appointed the new Archbishop of Perth. He inherits a diocese in relatively good shape from Archbishop Hickey.
A Salesian, the Archbishop-elect holds a Bachelor of Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Salesian University (Rome), and a Doctorate of Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity, examining the theology of ordained ministry of John Paul II.
The new Archbishop spent four years in Perth during the mid to late nineties, as parish priest at St Joachim’s in Victoria Park and as religious superior of the Salesian community based in Victoria Park and Kelmscott. He also lectured in systematic theology at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle, and accompanied Archbishop Hickey to the Synod of Oceania in 1998 as one of Archbishop Hickey’s two theological experts.
He was appointed Auxiliary of Melbourne in 2007. As Auxiliary, he has continued to teach at Mariology and supervise research students in Systematic Theology at the Catholic Theological College in Melbourne.
He will officially take possession of the Archdiocese on 21 March 2012 during a Solemn Mass and Liturgical Reception in St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth.