28 Jun 2018
Bishop of Darwin announced
Media Release | Thursday June 28 2018
Adelaide priest appointed Bishop of Darwin
The appointment of Adelaide priest Father Charles Gauci as Bishop of the Diocese of Darwin has been welcomed by the Apostolic Administrator of the Adelaide Archdiocese, Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ.
Bishop O’Kelly said the announcement by Pope Francis was cause for “much rejoicing and thanksgiving” for Fr Gauci’s gifts as a priest and the opportunity he has been given to be a shepherd to the people of the Darwin Diocese.
He paid tribute to Bishop Eugene Hurley who is retiring after serving as Bishop of Darwin for 11 years, The Holy Father accepted his resignation on the weekend.
Arriving from Malta with his family as a 13 year old, Fr Gauci undertook his secondary education with the Marist Brothers at Thebarton and Findon High School before commencing his studies for the priesthood at St Francis Xavier Seminary, Rostrevor. He was ordained a priest in 1977.
His pastoral life has seen him assigned to various parishes in the Archdiocese of Adelaide including Hectorville parish as assistant priest for five years, Woodville parish for three years and Elizabeth North parish for one year and then in team ministry across the two Elizabeth parishes for 11 years.
In 1998 he was appointed parish priest of Noarlunga Seaford, a role that was expanded in recent years to include Willunga, Kangaroo Island, Victor Harbor and Goolwa.
“The Archdiocese is extremely grateful to Fr Gauci for his pastoral care and leadership in the Southern Deanery where he covered eight centres of worship and five Catholic schools and developed a unique team approach,” Bishop O’Kelly said in a letter to the people of the Adelaide Archdiocese.
“In 2017 Fr Gauci was appointed Administrator of the Adelaide Cathedral Parish where he has continued to demonstrate his strong commitment to evangelising and, in particular, developing the faith of young people through the parish and through his chaplaincy in schools.”
Fr Gauci will be the first Adelaide diocesan priest to be ordained a bishop in 45 years. A date for his episcopal ordination in Darwin has not been yet been confirmed.