Rev Dr David Ranson is the new Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Broken Bay, following Pope Francis’ appointment of Most Rev Peter A Comensoli as Archbishop of Melbourne.
The College of Consultors of the Diocese of Broken Bay met on Friday 3 August to fulfil its duty of electing a priest to serve as Diocesan Administrator.
“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,” Fr David said.
“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.”
Fr David has served most recently as Apostolic Administrator-Delegate and Vicar General (2015-2018) for the Diocese, and is a member of the Diocesan College of Consultors. He is currently Parish Priest of Holy Name Wahroonga.
Ordained to the Priesthood at Tarrawarra Abbey in 1992, Fr David was later incardinated into the Diocese of Broken Bay in 2006 whilst on appointment to the Catholic Institute of Sydney where he served from 2001-2015.
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 the previous ordinary, Bishop Comensoli, 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,” Fr David said.
With thanks to the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay.