Bishop Gregory O'Kelly SJ DD

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Following the resignation of Archbishop Philip Wilson on July 30 2018, Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Adelaide Archdiocese on June 3, 2018. He continues to be the Bishop of Port Pirie.

Bishop O’Kelly was ordained a Jesuit priest in Adelaide in 1972.

During his studies in the Society of Jesus he taught at two schools and at Pentridge Prison, and lectured part-time at Christ’s College (Teachers’ College), Melbourne. After ordination he was appointed Assistant to the Master of Novices. 

In 1978, he was appointed Headmaster of Saint Ignatius’ College, Adelaide, and, from 1979 to 1981, was Chairman of the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools.

In 1982, he was transferred as Headmaster to Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview, one of the Sydney GPS Boarding Schools.  While in Sydney, he was a member of the committee of the AIS (NSW). He was Chairman of the Headmasters’ Conference of New South Wales and became a member of the Standing Committee of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia [AHISA] in 1981. He was a Member of Council of Sydney College of Advanced Education.

In 1989, he was elected as Chairman of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia, the first Catholic to be appointed to that position in the fifty-four year old history of that Association. 

In 1993, he was transferred back to Saint Ignatius’ College, Adelaide, as Headmaster and was responsible for the introduction of co-education and Junior Primary into that College. 

In 1994, he was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for services to education.

He has served as a member of the Consult for the Jesuit Provincial of the Australian Province, and as a priest was a member of the College of Consultors for the Archdiocese of Adelaide, from 2004 to 2006.

Bishop O’Kelly was ordained to the episcopate on September 14 2006, and was named as titular Bishop of Ath Truim, Ireland, and Auxiliary Bishop of Adelaide. As Bishop he has been a member of the Australian Lutheran – Roman Catholic Dialogue, appointed by the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Commission for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations. 

He was involved with various refugee communities in Adelaide and he was appointed a member of the Bishops’ Commission for Education, and of the National Catholic Education Commission.

In the archdiocese he was involved in work with Catholic education and ministry formation. He was President of the South Australian Council of Churches from April 2007 to June 2009.

Both sides of Bishop O’Kelly’s family had their origins in the northern areas of the State, within the Diocese of Port Pirie. This diocese was established in its pioneering days by Austrian Jesuits from Sevenhill, who built more than 25 churches throughout the vast area, established more than 20 schools and undertook great missionary journeys to the north. 

Bishop O’Kelly was installed as the 11th Bishop of Port Pirie on June 10 2009 and succeeds Bishop Eugene Hurley who was transferred to the See of Darwin on July 3 2007.

In 2006 Bishop O’Kelly was appointed a member of the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education and the Bishops Commission for Justice and Development, and in 2009 was elected as Chairman of the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education. In 2012 he was appointed Deputy Chair in the Commission overseeing the work of Caritas Australia.