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Bishop Kennedy on the move


Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Michael Kennedy, who has led the Diocese of Armidale in regional New South Wales since 2012, the new Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle.

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The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has been without a bishop since the death of Bishop Bill Wright in November 2021, with Fr Greg Barker serving as diocesan administrator in the intervening period.

Bishop Kennedy was born and raised in Wagga Wagga, NSW. After completing tertiary study, he taught at Albury’s Xavier Catholic College for three years. He entered Vianney College, the Wagga Wagga diocesan seminary, in 1992 and carried out some of his academic studies in Rome. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Wagga Wagga in 1999.

In 2011, he was appointed Bishop of Armidale, and was ordained bishop in February 2012.


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