26 Oct 2020

New bishop for Port Pirie Diocese welcomed

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Media Release  |  October 26 2020

New bishop for Port Pirie Diocese welcomed

Bishop Karol Kulczycki SDS will be installed as the 12th Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Port Pirie on Wednesday October 28 2020.

The installation ceremony will be held in St Mark’s Cathedral with past and present bishops from South Australia and the Northern Territory attending, including Archbishop of Adelaide Patrick O’Regan and Emeritus Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ.

Bishop Karol has arrived in Port Pirie from Poland (after serving quarantine requirements), but previously spent 21 years as a missionary priest in Western Australia. He returned to Poland in 2018 after being elected vice-provincial of the Polish province of the Society of the Divine Savior.

Bishop Karol Kulczycki was born in Poland in 1966 and was ordained to the priesthood in Our Lady of Fatima Church, Trzebinia, in 1994. He was ordained a bishop in the same church on September 29 this year.

The Port Pirie Diocese is one of the largest in Australia and is three times the size of Poland. It stretches from Uluru to Port Lincoln and from the WA border to the River Murray.  

“God is working in mysterious ways in my life. Firstly, calling me unexpectedly to religious and priestly life; secondly, directing my heart to serve Him in Australia and now serving Him and His people in Port Pirie Diocese,” Bishop Karol said.

Bishop Greg O’Kelly, the retiring Bishop of Port Pirie, said “the people and clergy of the diocese are loyal and committed and all look forward to receiving Bishop Karol as our new Chief Pastor.”

The Catholic Diocese of Port Pirie looks forward to a long and blessed relationship with Bishop Karol.

Media Contact: Martine Wright, Personal Assistant to Bishop Karol  8632 0557

 

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