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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 8 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 2499..


DR FOSKEY (continuing):

something small along those lines. It was a great way of bringing in parents with passion, not necessarily the bookish sorts of parents, engaging them with kids and giving kids the joy of growing and eating their own food. How many kids of this generation have seen vegetables grown in their own backyards?

Planning—EpiCentre lease

Archbishop Mark Benedict Coleridge

MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (6.05): Before I comment on the main matter that I wanted to raise this evening I want to draw the attention of the Assembly to the fact that I understood Mr Corbell had agreed to table a letter from the LDA to the ING, and that that would be undertaken today. I am advised that the letter in question has not yet been tabled.

Last Thursday morning I had the honour of attending the installation at St Christopher's Cathedral of the sixth archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn, the Most Reverend Mark Benedict Coleridge. In the past I have used this forum to pay tribute to the retiring archbishop, Francis Carroll. Archbishop Francis Carroll served the archdiocese of Canberra with distinction since 1983. His leadership and guidance have had a significant impact on the Canberra community. I again take this opportunity to wish him well in his retirement.

I also take this opportunity to welcome publicly and congratulate his successor, the Most Reverend Archbishop Mark Benedict Coleridge. Archbishop Coleridge was born in Melbourne in 1948. After early schooling in Adelaide he completed his secondary studies and university degree in Melbourne. From 1969 to 1974 he attended the seminary at Corpus Christi College, Melbourne. Since his ordination as a priest of the archdiocese of Melbourne on 18 May 1974 Archbishop Coleridge has studied, taught and served the Catholic Church around the world. He served as an official of the first section of the Vatican secretariat of state and in 2001 was named a chaplain of His Holiness.

Archbishop Coleridge has also served as auxiliary bishop of Melbourne, and bishop of the western region of Victoria. Only this year the archbishop was elected a member of the Australian Bishops Commission for Doctrine and Morals, and chairman of the Australian Bishops Commission for Liturgy. The archbishop provided an indication of what motivates him and the sort of guidance he will give to the people of Canberra and Goulburn during his homily last Thursday at St Christopher's Cathedral, when he said:

I have been a priest for thirty-two years, and in the journey of those years there have been extraordinary twists and turns. In many ways, my life as a priest and now Bishop has turned out to be very different than anything I expected when I was ordained to the priesthood in 1974. Yet one thing that has never faded in the midst of all the flux is the sense that I am called by God to this.

The apostolic nuncio in Australia, who is the papal representative of this country or, more accurately, the representative of the Holy See, His Excellency Most Reverend Ambrose De Paoli, was also in attendance on this important occasion. The nuncio, who has served the Pope in Australia since late in 2004, was the man who relayed the Pope's request to Archbishop Coleridge to undertake this role in Canberra, and his presence as the Pope's representative clearly added to the occasion.


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