Titular Bishop of Thala
Most Rev Bishop Richard Umbers was born in Auckland, New Zealand on 17 March 1971 to Declan and Mary Umbers, the youngest of five children and brother to Anthony, Andrew, Gregory and Margaret.
He originally studied management at the University of Waikato in 1989 but transferred to University of Sydney in 1992 to receive more intense formation at a Centre of Opus Dei in Chatswood, Sydney. He later qualified with a Bachelor of Economics from University of Sydney and a Masters of Management from the University of Waikato, New Zealand.
Bishop Richard entered the Opus Dei Seminary of Cavabianca, Rome in 1996 and studied at Santa Croce Pontifical University, Rome, achieving a Bachelor of Theology in 1999. Between 1999-2002, Bishop Richard studied at the University of Navarre, Spain where he received a Doctorate in Philosophy. On 14 February 2002, and was ordained a deacon and later ordained a priest on 1 September 2002.
Since 2003, Bishop Richard has worked pastorally as a School and University Chaplain at a number of NSW colleges. He was Chaplain of Warrane College, Redfiel College, Creston College and Kenvale College and also tutored and lectured at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney between 2006 and 2013. Bishop Richard was most recently a representative of the Archbishop on the Council of Priests of the Archdiocese of Sydney and a member representative for the Archdiocese to the St John of God Hospitals.
Bishop Richard is widely published in the area of philosophy, regularly addresses gatherings of youth, has an interest in social media and has a library of his own podcasts.
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