Archbishop Denis Hart, the Archbishop of Melbourne, has been elected as the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference at the Australian Bishops Plenary in Sydney, the ACBC said in a statement.
Archbishop Hart will take over after the plenary from Archbishop Philip Wilson, who has held the post for the past six years.
Archbishop Hart is delighted to have been chosen to serve the Church in Australia in this way.
“I am pleased to be able to serve the Church in any way that I can. I hope to see the faith of Catholics in Jesus Christ grow in this country. I am also grateful for the faith that my brother Bishops have placed in me”.
“The role of President is one which I will take seriously, and I am humbled to have been elected”, he said.
The Bishops Conference President is elected every two years and can serve up to three terms.