Bishop Michael's Ordination Reflection
The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Michael McCarthy was celebrated under the clear skies of Rockhampton and amidst a prevailing mood of hope and optimism for the future. The newly-ordained Shepherd – a former Rector of the Holy Spirit Seminary – was alternately jovial and direct in his first official remarks to his flock, combining amusing reflections on his priestly ministry with a serious call for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge ordained Bishop McCarthy in a packed St Joseph’s Cathedral in the presence of the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Paul Gallagher. The attendance of a wide selection of the Episcopate from the Province of Queensland, as well as Bishops from around the country – even Bishop Lucius Ugorji of Umuahia in Nigeria – attested to the importance of this event for the People of God in the Diocese of Rockhampton which last ordained a Bishop in 1991. The Seminarians and Staff of Holy Spirit Seminary wish Bishop Michael well and pray that his Ministry might continue to be fruitful in his new role leading the Church in Rockhampton.