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Always signs of hope

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Please accept my greetings as Apostolic Administrator. This is an unusual appointment for times in the Archdiocese which are very unusual. Archbishop Wilson continues to be the one we pray for as Archbishop, but following his stepping down from his various commitments in the Archdiocese, his episcopal responsibilities have been transferred to the Administrator.

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Fr Philip Marshall is appointed Administrator Delegate, an office virtually the same as Vicar General, though the title had to change.

Having been brought up and schooled, and having exercised priesthood in the Archdiocese for some years, and then served as Auxiliary Bishop, I am fortunate to know the Archdiocese quite well, especially the clergy.

That will make things easier as I still have the responsibilities of being Bishop of the Port Pirie Diocese. Hence my time is shared.

I am very grateful to Fr Marshall as Administrator Delegate, and to Fr Jim Monaghan as Vicar General of the Pirie Diocese for their shared burden.

In the Archdiocese there is a very qualified and competent team of administrators, so matters should proceed smoothly enough.

This is a time in the history of the Archdiocese when we all need to care for each other, and to pray for each other, and to pray for Archbishop Wilson in these times that are so demanding.

We pray for victims of harm perpetrated by Church personnel, for the purity of the Church and for the good morale and faithful service of all.

There are always signs of hope. Recently I ordained two young Jesuits as priests, and two weeks before that a young man as a priest for the Port Pirie Diocese. In the Archdiocese we have three seminarians, and a fourth is about to enter. So it is clear that the Holy Spirit still works amongst us, and the Church still manifests the attractiveness of Christ. May Mary, Mother of the Church, continue to intercede for us.

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