Mgr John Woods has been elected Administrator of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. The Archdiocese’s College of Consultors elected the administrator, who will remain in place until the installation of the new Archbishop. The previous Archbishop, Mark Coleridge, is now Archbishop of Brisbane.
Mgr Woods was Vicar General under Archbishop Coleridge. The Pope’s representative, Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, guides a process of consultation which prepares for the selection of the new Archbishop.
Mgr Woods was ordained to the priesthood and has served as assistant priest in Waramanga, Goulburn and Queanbeyan, parish priest of the then Calwell parish and administrator of St Christopher’s Cathedral.
Retiring Auxiliary Bishop Pat Power said he was delighted with Mgr Woods’ election. “John is a man of God with a truly pastoral heart, a keen intellect, a broad knowledge of the Archdiocese and in possession of good people skills,” he said. “The Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn will be in good hands.”
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