Diocese of Sale welcomes the appointment of Bishop-Elect Greg Bennet
Monsignor Greg Bennet was appointed by Pope Francis as the 10th Bishop of Sale on 27th June 2020. He visited Warragul this week and recorded this short video message on social media for the Diocesan Community.
Diocesan Administrator Father Peter Slater has happily welcomed the appointment of Monsignor Greg Bennet a priest of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, as the 10th Bishop of Sale by Pope Francis.
“I am sure the people, religious, priests and agencies of the Diocese will be glad to make him welcome when he comes among us, Fr Peter Slater said. Noting the announcement also came on the Feast Day of the Patroness of the Diocese, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 27 June.”
In accepting this appointment, Bishop-Elect Greg said he was ‘humbled’ by Pope Francis’ nomination to be the next Bishop of Sale.
“It is an enormous responsibility and privilege to undertake this appointment. It is a responsibility which cannot be exercised in isolation, but in close cooperation with the clergy, the faithful and those in Diocesan leadership.” he said. “I know I come to Sale as a stranger, but I pray we shall grow together as brothers and sisters in the Lord. I pray that the Patroness of the Diocese, Our Lady of Perpetual Help will guide us as we build on the rich legacy of the Catholic Faith in Sale and as we work together for the Reign of God. The warmth of welcome that has already been extended with such kindness, is a reflection of the living word of God. Following Archbishop Patrick O’Regan is an honour. He is a gifted pastor who embraced the Diocese of Sale with respect, openness and committed leadership – Bishop-Elect Greg noted Archbishop Patrick’s personal engagement in the Plenary Council process and his leadership in education through the implementation of a new governance model for Catholic Education in the Diocese of Sale.”
Bishop-Elect Greg thanked Fr Peter Slater who has again served as Diocesan Administrator, saying “his excellent priestly leadership has been pivotal in this period of transition, especially in light of the challenges of the COVID 19 time.”
“While there is trepidation on my behalf, I know the God of promise will accompany all of us on the journey ahead. I ask you to pray for me, as I will for you,” Bishop Greg said.
A date will soon be made known as to Bishop-Elect Greg’s Episcopal Ordination, we pray for his immediate steps along the way and we look forward to welcoming Bishop-Elect Greg Bennet as the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Sale. Alleluia! Please say this pray daily in support of Bishop Elect Greg as we joyfully anticipate the day of is Episcopal-ordination as Bishop of the Diocese of Sale.