Bishop Christopher Prowse, of Sale, has been appointed Archbishop of Canberra-Goulburn, vacant since the transfer of Archbishop Mark Coleridge to Brisbane.
Bishop Prowse, 59, has been Bishop of Sale since mid-2009.
According to the press release:
"Ordained to the priesthood in August 1980, he served in a number of parishes around Melbourne before he was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne in May 2003.
He was elected to the permanent committee of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in May this year and chairs the Bishops’ Commission for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations.
Born in East Melbourne, the third of six children, Bishop Prowse was educated at St Francis Xavier Primary School and was captain of St Leo’s College in Box Hill. After attaining degrees in arts and theology, he completed a doctorate of moral theology.
His father, Frank, played for Hawthorn in the Victorian Football League and Bishop Prowse remains a Hawks supporter.
His installation ceremony will be on November 19.