This morning the Archdiocese of Sydney received a new auxiliary bishop as it prepares for the 2008 World Youth Day gathering and copes with a priest shortage.
Pope Benedict XVI appointed Fr. Terence John Gerard Brady, who is currently the pastor of Mosman and Neutral Bay parishes in Sydney, to serve as the new auxiliary for the half a million Catholics in the archdiocese. Upon his ordination, Sydney will have three auxiliary bishops.
The selection of Fr. Brady comes as the archdiocese suffers from a priest shortage that involves some 50 parishes having to share a pastor. The addition of another bishop will help the archdiocese more effectively minister to the half a million Catholics in her borders and perhaps call forth more vocations from the flock.
The bishop-elect was born in Rose Bay, Australia in 1947 and ordained a priest in 1983.