Appointment confirmed for the Bishop’s Office and Council of Priests

Bishop Michael Kennedy recently shared an important update regarding the appointment of the Vicars General and confirming the Council of Priests.

The two Vicars General for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle are:

  • Fr Greg Barker who will also remain Parish Priest of Boolaroo-Warners Bay Parish and Booragul Parish; and
  • Fr Matthew Muller who will also remain as Chancellor.

The Code of Canon Law describes the role of the Vicar General as one “who is provided with ordinary power according to the norm of the following canons and who is to assist the bishop in the governance of the whole diocese” (Canons 475-481).

Elections were also held in May to form the Council of Priests, those priests elected are:

  • Fr Kevin Corrigan
  • Fr Joseph Figurado
  • Fr Graham Fullick
  • Fr John Lovell
  • Fr Gerard Mackie

The Bishop's appointments to the Council:

  • Fr Thomas Chirackal
  • Fr Camillus Nwahia

Ex-officio members are:

  • Fr Greg Barker, Vicar General
  • Fr Matthew Muller, Vicar General and Chancellor

The College of Consultors and Trustees remains the same, members can be found on our Diocesan website

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