25 May 2020

Historic moment for new archbishop

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Media Alert  |  Monday May 25 2020

Historic moment for new archbishop

Adelaide’s new Catholic leader, Patrick O’Regan, will make history today when he is installed as the ninth Archbishop of Adelaide in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral at 10.30am.

Never before has an archbishop taken over his new flock in such circumstances – with only a handful of people present but thousands of people from around South Australia, Australia and overseas watching via live streaming.

The installation ceremony will be conducted by Apostolic Administrator Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ with about 30 people participating in the Mass, due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

The installation normally would attract more than 2000 people including lay Catholics, priests and bishops from around Australia.

A camera crew of five will live stream the service, which will be replayed on community TV station Channel 44 at 5.30pm.

Archbishop O’Regan was appointed by Pope Francis to the Adelaide Archdiocese on March 19, following the resignation of Archbishop Philip Wilson in July 2018. In the interim, Bishop O’Kelly has been Apostolic Administrator as well as Bishop of Port Pirie Diocese.

Archbishop O’Regan arrived in Adelaide on May 5 and spent two weeks observing the COVID-19 protocol of isolation.

Originally from Bathurst, New South Wales, he was ordained a priest in 1983 and consecrated as Bishop of Sale in 2015.



Due to the coronavirus restrictions we ask that filming and photography be pooled for this event.

Outdoor interviews will be possible directly after the Mass at approximately 11.45am.

For further information, contact Jenny Brinkworth on 0438 727 677.

 Media release - Installation of Archbishop O'Regan May 25.pdf

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