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MSC provincial announced


Fr Stephen Hackett MSC has been elected provincial superior of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Australia and will conclude his time as general secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in July.

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Fr Hackett’s ministerial background included appointments within secondary and tertiary education, as a parish priest in several Australian dioceses and as vicar general in the Diocese of Darwin.

He took over the role of general secretary, leading the day-to-day operations of the Bishops Conference, in 2016.

He currently chairs the National Liturgical Architecture and Art Council and is a member of the Australian Catholic Council for Pastoral Research – two advisory bodies to the Bishops Conference. He is also a member of the ecumenical Australian Academy of Liturgy.

Fr Hackett was elected provincial superior during the recent Missionaries of the Sacred Heart provincial chapter in Sydney. He will replace Fr Chris McPhee, who has served as provincial of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Australia since 2017.

Bishops Conference president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB said Fr Hackett has led the General Secretariat during a period of significant change and they were fortunate to have the benefit of his ecclesial experience and understanding.


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