Leadership

Leadership

Leadership
The Archdiocese of Brisbane is led our Archbishop, Auxiliary Bishops & Vicar General.

The Archdiocese of Brisbane leadership consists of Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Bishop Joseph Oudeman OFM Cap, Bishop Brian V Finnigan and Vicar General Msgr Peter Meneely.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Archbishop Mark Coleridge, D.D. BA DSS

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Archbishop Mark Benedict Coleridge is the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Brisbane.

Please see our Archbishop section for more information about Archbishop Mark Coleridge including his biography, past homilies, pastoral messages and more.

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Bishop Joseph Oudeman OFM Cap

Bishop Joseph Oudeman OFMCap, D.D.

Bishop Joseph Oudeman

Bishop Joseph Oudeman

Joseph John Oudeman was born on 2 March 1942 in Breda, The Netherlands, and was baptised on the same day in the parish Church of Christ the King.

He is the eldest of five children, two girls and three boys, of Johannes and Johanna Oudeman. The family emigrated to Australia and arrived in Melbourne in February 1956.

Joseph attended the Parish Primary School of Christ the King in Breda and then in 1954-1955 he entered the Minor Seminary of the Capuchin Friars in Oosterhout (NB). Upon arrival in Australia, Joseph attended St. Patrick’s College, Ballarat for one year [1956].

He then entered the Minor Seminary of the Capuchin Friars at Plumpton, NSW [1957-1959]. On the 21 January 1963 Joseph made simple profession as a Capuchin friar and then solemn profession on 27 January 1966.

He was ordained to the Priesthood on 29 June 1966 in St. Joseph’s Church, Iona, Victoria, by Bishop Lyons of the Sale Diocese. Soon after he commenced post graduate studies at the Gregorian University in Rome [1966-1968]. As well as a licentiate in theology, Joseph has a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Queensland.

Upon his return to Australia, Father Joseph began a ministry that has been largely focused on the formation of Capuchin friars. This involved a period of nineteen years: 1969-1987. Within this time he taught at Catholic Theological Union at Hunters Hill, NSW, from 1969 until 1976. He was Novicemaster from 1977-1979 and 1985-1987. His Order elected him their Provincial Minister in 1987 and this ministry of leadership concluded in 1996.

Joseph then moved to Brisbane in 1997 to become Associate Pastor of Guardian Angels Parish, Wynnum and Chaplain to the elderly Dutch migrants within the Archdiocese. He has also served as President of the South-East Asian Pacific Capuchin Conference.

In February 2001, Archbishop Bathersby appointed Father Oudeman as Dean of the Ethnic Chaplains and their communities. His multi-cultural interest as a Capuchin has been significant in recent years and he brings these gifts, together with his wisdom and scholarship in the area of spirituality to the ministry of episcopacy.

Bishop Oudeman is termed an Auxiliary Bishop.

In the Roman Catholic Church, an auxiliary bishop is an additional bishop assigned to a diocese because either the diocesan bishop is unable to perform his functions, or more usually, the diocese is so extensive that it requires more than one bishop to administer.

In the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Bishop Oudeman shares auxiliary duties with Bishop Brian Finnigan.

As Canon law provides, no bishop can be ordained without title to a certain and distinct episcopal see which he governs either actually or potentially, therefore auxiliary bishops are titular bishops to sees (dioceses) that no longer exist.

Bishop Oudeman is the Titular Bishop of Respetta, a diocese that formerly existed in Numidia in Northern Africa (located on the eastern border of modern day Algeria).

When dealing with a Bishop the more formal method of address is “My Lord…” but most often using the title of Bishop along with their christian name will suffice.

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Bishop Brian V Finnigan

Bishop Brian V Finnigan, D.D

Bishop Brian V Finnigan

Bishop Brian V Finnigan

Brian Vincent Finnigan was born on 25 August 1938 at Port Fairy, Victoria. He is the youngest of twelve children, seven girls and five boys, of John Joseph Finnigan and Elizabeth Dorothy Russell.

Education: Brian was educated at Toolong State School and St Patrick’s College, Ballarat.

His studies for the priesthood began at Corpus Christi College, Werribee in 1963 and, from 1967, continued at Corpus Christi College, Glen Waverley.

He was ordained to the Priesthood on 23 May 1970 for the Diocese of Ballarat.

Postgraduate studies, commenced in 1977, were undertaken at The Catholic University of America, (Master of Church Administration), St Paul University, Ottawa, Canada (Licentiate in Canon Law and Master in Canon Law), [1990-1991].

In 1998 he was asked by the Australian Bishops conference to take up the position of General Secreatary to the Conference, a position he held until his nomination as Auxiliary Bishop to the Archdiocese of Brisbane.

In the Roman Catholic Church, an auxiliary bishop is an additional bishop assigned to a diocese because either the diocesan bishop is unable to perform his functions, or more usually, the diocese is so extensive that it requires more than one bishop to administer.

In the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Bishop Finnigan shares auxiliary duties with Bishop Joseph Oudeman OFMCap.

As Canon law provides, no bishop can be ordained without title to a certain and distinct episcopal see which he governs either actually or potentially, therefore auxiliary bishops are titular bishops to sees (dioceses) that no longer exist.

Bishop Finnigan is the Titular Bishop of Rapido, a diocese that formerly existed in the Roman province of Mauretania (the western part of modern Algeria) in North Africa.

When dealing with a Bishop the more formal method of address is “My Lord…” but most often using the title of Bishop along with their christian name will suffice.

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Vicar General Msgr Peter Meneely

Vicar General Msgr Peter Meneely

Msgr Peter Meneely

Msgr Peter Meneely

The Vicar General of the Archdiocese is the Rev Msgr Peter Meneely VG who was appointed by Archbishop Bathersby as the Moderator of the Curia in 2000. Archbishop Coleridge appointed Fr Meneely as Vicar General of the Archdiocese from June 2012.

The main focus of the office is to represent the Archbishop in overseeing the work of the various departments and Church offices within the Archdiocesan Curia. The role also involves providing an executive capacity to the Archbishop for the carrying out of his extensive range of responsibilities.

As guided by Canon Law, the priest appointed to the Office is to be known for his sound doctrine, integrity, prudence and practical experience (Canon 478 §1).

A further canon provides that the Vicar General possesses, by virtue of his Office, the same executive power as the Bishop throughout the whole diocese as belongs by law to the Bishop. This means that the Vicar General can perform all administrative acts as the Bishop does, with the exception of those administrative acts which the Bishop has reserved to himself, or which by law requires a special mandate of the Bishop (Canon 479 §1).

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Archbishop Emeritus John Bathersby

Archbishop Emeritus John Bathersby

Archbishop Emeritus John Bathersby

Archbishop Emeritus John Bathersby

John Alexius Bathersby was born in Stanthorpe on 26th July, 1936, the son of John Thomas and Grace Maud (nee Conquest) Bathersby.

He has an older sister, Carmel, a younger brother, Michael, and two younger sisters, Suzanne and Anne.

His father was a shopkeeper and publican at the “Country Club Hotel” in Stanthorpe.

He did his primary schooling at St Joseph’s Stanthorpe, (1941 – 1950) and, for his secondary schooling, boarded at Nudgee College (1951 – 1954).

From school, he entered Pius XII Seminary, Banyo, to begin his training for the priesthood and, on completion of those studies (1955 – 1961), he was ordained in his home Parish of Stanthorpe by Bishop William Brennan on 30th June, 1961.

His first seven years as a Priest were spent as an Associate Pastor and Administrator at Goondiwindi before being sent to Rome for further studies in 1969 where he completed a licentiate in Theology at the Gregorian University, and a Diploma in Spirituality at the Terasianum University.

He was then appointed to Pius XII Seminary in Brisbane where he served as Spiritual Director for seven years before returning to Rome for a Doctorate in Theology / Spirituality in 1979. He returned to the Seminary until he was appointed Bishop of Cairns in 1986.

In 1986, Dr. Bathersby was ordained Bishop of Cairns by Archbishop Rush, whom he succeeded as Archbishop of Brisbane on 30th January, 1992.

Archbishop Bathersby is keenly involved in ecumenical affairs both nationally and internationally. He was a member of the International Catholic-Methodist Dialogue from 1989 -1995. He served as Co-Chairman of the Australian Catholic-Uniting Church Dialogue, concluding the co-chair role in 2009. In July 1997 he was appointed President of the National Council of Churches in Australia. He completed this appointment in July 2000. In January 2001 he was appointed Co-Chair of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission Working Group concluding this role in 2010.

With the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the Archbishop has served as Deputy President of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference 2000-2006, Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee for Justice, Development, Ecology and Peace 2000-2006, and Chairman of Catholic Earthcare Australia 2000-2004. He is the current Chairman of the Bishops’ Commission for Mission and Faith Formation. He was also a member of the executive of the Confederation of Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania from 1991 to May 1994.

His interests include bushwalking, mountain climbing, watching sport and listening to classical music.

If he wished to boast, as St Paul did not, he would talk about riding a Vespa in Rome for six years, climbing Mt. Sinai, walking to the Stinson, and listening to Joan Sutherland in Rome, Buddy Holly in Brisbane, and the Beatles in Sydney.

In 2003 he hosted the second Brisbane Archdiocesan Synod, but the first to include the participation of lay people.

He retired in November 2011.

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