In the year 2000 the two parishes of Epping and Carlingford entered a common relationship through the sharing of a single Parish Priest. Over the next six or seven years the parishes entered a process of increasing collaboration and sharing of resources and pastoral programmes, including the sharing of a common parish staff. In July 2007 the two parishes formally became one parish with the name of The Catholic Parish of Epping and Carlingford. In the model we are following however we still retain two distinct (though of course collaborating and cooperating) communities within our single parish structure the communities gathered around our two parish churches of St Gerard's at Carlingford and Our Lady Help of Christians' at Epping.

For more information about our way of working as two communities within one parish please click here.


Fr David Ranson Appointed Diocesan

The College of Consultors of the Diocese of Broken Bay, the group of priests who have a canonical and civil role in the governance of the Diocese, met last Friday afternoon (3 August) to fulfil its duty of electing a priest to serve as Diocesan Administrator, in the absence of a bishop following the appointment of Most Rev Peter A Comensoli as ninth Archbishop of Melbourne.

It is with great pleasure that I make the announcement on behalf of the Consultors that Rev Dr David Ranson has been duly elected as Diocesan Administrator, effective immediately.

“I thank the Consultors for the confidence that they have placed in me by their election; and I assume this service to our local Church of Broken Bay with every sense of the responsibility that it entails. We are blessed in the Diocese with strong leadership, including the College of Consultors, who I know will give great support and guidance during this time of transition.”

As Diocesan Administrator, Fr David will lead the Diocese of Broken Bay until the Holy Father, Pope Francis, appoints a new bishop. During this period between bishops, Canon Law states that there can be no innovation, but the many initiatives of Bishop Comensoli’s can be progressed through to their conclusion, with many functions and ministries of the Church continuing as normal.

“We go forward progressing the many initiatives of Bishop Comensoli’s exemplary leadership of the last three and half years, and, together, we await with prayerful and expectant hearts the appointment of a new Shepherd to lead us into the future,”

In a very practical sense, Fr David now undertakes a particular role and office, quite separate to that of his ministry as Parish Priest of Holy Name.

May we join in prayerful support for Fr David and his ministry, and for our community of Broken Bay as we now move into a new stage in our journey.

Thank you always for your wonderful support and energy for all that is done for the people of God in Broken Bay.

Annie Carrett, Senior Advisor and Director of Communications
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