Pope Francis has announced the appointment of Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, Most Rev. Anthony Randazzo, as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Broken Bay.
Born in Sydney, Bishop Randazzo grew up in southeast Queensland and studied at the Pius XII Provincial Seminary and the University of Queensland. He was ordained a priest for Brisbane Archdiocese in 1991 and, after parish and diocesan responsibilities there, he moved to Rome, where he gained qualifications in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University, later working for five years at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Upon returning to Australia, Bishop Randazzo served as rector of Holy Spirit Seminary, which trains priests for the five dioceses of Queensland, before being appointed an auxiliary bishop for Sydney in 2016.
Bishop Randazzo said during his ministry, and especially his ministry in neighbouring Sydney Archdiocese, he had observed the Diocese of Broken Bay to be ‘a vibrant, animated, and Spirit-filled Church’. Of his appointment, he said:
‘I am honoured and humbled by this appointment, and grateful to the Holy Father for the confidence he has shown by entrusting me with the privilege and responsibility of being the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Broken Bay. Ultimately, this appointment is not about me; it is about Jesus Christ, and about how we, as living members of the Body of Christ, bring Him to the world by the way we live out our baptismal vocation with love’.
A letter signed by Fr Dave as Parish Priest and Co-Chairs of the Parish Pastoral Council, Tim Wunder and Anne Halloway, has been sent to Bishop Anthony from the Catholic Community of North Harbour offering congratulations and best wishes. It reads in part:
‘(Your appointment) is a great honour for you and a blessing for us and we trust that you will soon feel at home among the People of God in this area… You bring very broad experience of Church and ministry to the role and we are confident that the spirit of the Diocese will continue to develop and thrive under your leadership. May God bless you during the coming days… We look forward to welcoming you in the weeks ahead.’
Bishop Anthony will be installed as Bishop early in November.