At the NCCA
Archbishop Denis Hart elected President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
Friday, 04 May 2012 17:00
from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
Archbishop Denis Hart, Metropolitan Archbishop of Melbourne has been elected as the
President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference at the Australian Bishops Plenary
today in Sydney.
Archbishop Hart will take over after this meeting 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
“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
Archbishop Denis James Hart, DD was named auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne in 1997 and has
been the Archbishop of Melbourne since 2001.
In the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference he has been Chairman of the Bishops
Commission for Administration and Information, as well as being a member of the
Permanent Committee and of the Bishops Commission for Liturgy.
He is also vice-chairman of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.
Archbishop Philip Wilson was also elected today as the Vice-President of the Conference.