Higher duties call for bishop
LISMORE Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett has been appointed to administer the diocese of Brisbane, after the resignation of its Archbishop yesterday.
Pope Benedict XVI announced that he had accepted the retirement of the Archbishop of Brisbane, John Bathersby.
He had held the position since December 1991 and was required to resign because he turned 75 in July this year.
In announcing the Archbishop's retirement, the Pope also appointed Bishop Jarrett as apostolic administrator of the diocese, effective immediately.
However, the Archdiocese remains vacant until the Pope appoints a new archbishop.
In the meantime, Bishop Jarrett will administer the Archdiocese "in accordance with Church procedures and law".
He started out as an Anglican priest in Queensland until he was received into the Catholic Church in 1965.
Ordained as a Catholic priest in 1970, Bishop Jarrett spent 30 years in Tasmania before being ordained as a co-adjustor bishop of Lismore in February 2001.
He became the Bishop of Lismore in December 2001.
Archbishop Bathersby will retire to his former hometown of Stanthorpe, and now has the title of Archbishop Emeritus.