Archbishop – Elect Patrick O’Regan

Dear Parishioners,

Bishop Pat, now Archbishop – Elect Patrick O’Regan has been appointed the 9th Archbishop of Adelaide. I’m sure you will agree with me, just how fortunate we have been to have had Bishop Pat as our Good Shepherd these five and a bit years.

Ever approachable, spiritually enriching, always available to his priests, deacons and their wives and all people throughout the diocese of Sale.
A prolific reader, who in a very kind way encouraged his priests to keep up their reading. On our clergy reflection days Bp Pat led all to a deeper personal spiritual life. Pastoral and kind, affirming and understanding, he became a valued friend. Helped us laugh at ourselves, a gifted person with great humour.

We have held him in high regard and with warm affection. Becoming the 9th Archbishop of Adelaide in one way, affirms all we think of and appreciate in him – we have every confidence, that, as he has here, there also will he do wonderful things for God. For ourselves we know its a big thing God asks of us, to let him go and do what he is now called to do.
Archbishop-Elect Pat leaves us on Monday 4th of May, due to having to ‘self-isolate’ for a period of two weeks from the time of his arrival. I warmly invite you to remember him in your prayers as he is installed as Archbishop of Adelaide, Monday May 25, the solemnity of Our Lady Help of Christians, at 10.30am, in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral.

From that day, the See of Sale becomes vacant – soon after, the Consultors of the Diocese of Sale will elect the Diocesan Administrator, who, with their help will generously oversee the ongoing governance and spiritual needs of all throughout our Diocese.

We must be doing a remarkable job in supporting our Bishops, as we have farewelled four of our Bishops as Archbishops. In our time you will recall Archbishop Eric D’Arcy to Hobart, Archbishop Christopher Prowse to Canberra-Goulburn, and soon Archbishop – Elect Patrick O’Regan to Adelaide, and some may recall in the 50’s/60’s Archbishop Paddy O’Donnell to Brisbane.

We pray our time in waiting for our next bishop will not be too long.

In my love and prayers

Dean Peter