Bishop Mark Edwards OMI will be installed as the sixth Bishop of Wagga Wagga on Wednesday, July 22. Source: Catholic Voice.
Apostolic Nuncio Adolfo Tito Yllana, Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP and Wagga Wagga Diocese’s Apostolic Administrator Archbishop Christopher Prowse will be on hand for installation, which will take place at St Michael's Cathedral in Wagga.
Bishop Edwards said the “welcome and openness” from the people in Wagga had been “deeply moving”. He said it was wrong that the diocese had been without a bishop almost four years.
“It’s been an enormously long time and I thank the people of Wagga for their faithfulness and perseverance,” he said. “I’m very keen to go and look forward to dedicating what I have left of my life to being with the people.”
Bishop Edwards said he understood there were challenges in the diocese and would approach the role with an open mind.
“I’m not that enamoured with labels like conservative and progressive,” he said. “The right terms are faithful and unfaithful, loving and unloving. The question is, are you prepared to grow? “My hope for the church and clergy is to build us as a faithful and flexible and merciful body.”
Bishop Edwards enjoys cricket (he played F-grade at university) and is a bridge fanatic.
“I started bridge at uni and almost failed first year because I was playing 20 to 30 hours a week,” he confessed.
“I didn’t play for 25 years and since I’ve gone back I’m loving it. It’s good intellectual fun.”
F-grade cricket and a Bridge fanatic (Catholic Voice)