Most Rev Terence Brady DD VG
Bishop Terence John Gerard Brady was born on 19 April 1947 in Rose Bay and was baptised in the parish church of St Mary Magdalene. More...
How is a bishop chosen?
• Suitable candidates are recommended to the Pope who, after a process
of consultation, makes the final appointment.
• Church law states that a candidate for bishop must fulfil the following criteria:
What are bishops responsible for?
• Bishops have three main responsibilities:
Other obligations of a bishop
• Must live in the diocese for most of the year, unless on official business
in Rome or when attending a Church Council.
• Has a serious duty to be present at his cathedral during the seasons of Lent and Advent, and on the feasts of Easter, Pentecost, Christmas and Corpus Christi.
• Every 5 years a bishop must send a report to Rome.
• Bishops must visit Rome to meet with the Pope at least once every 5 years and visit the tombs of the Apostles Peter and Paul.
• Bishops must regularly visit each part of their diocese.
• Bishops must attend Synods (meetings of Bishops) when they are called.
The administration of a diocese
• The bishop is assisted by a Chancellor and a Vicar General.
• The Chancellor is the bishop's delegate to organise and administer the diocese. This would refer to finances, property and archives, etc.
• The Vicar General represents the bishop when he is not available and has the power to govern in his absence.
• The office of administration is called the Chancery.
• The main church of the diocese is called the Cathedral.
• In some larger dioceses, such as Sydney Archdiocese, auxiliary bishops are appointed to help the bishop.
What symbols are associated with the bishop?
• Crosier: The shepherd's staff used on ceremonial occasions. It symbolises
being the shepherd of the people in the diocese.
• Mitre: The triangular headgear, also worn by the Pope. There are three kinds depending on the liturgical season, and it is removed whenever the bishop is about to pray.
• Pectoral Cross: The large ornamental cross worn as a necklace.
• Ring: A ring worn on the third finger of the right hand. Some people still kiss the bishop's hand as a sign of their love for him and the recognition that he is a living icon of Christ in the midst of the church.
• Zucchetto (Skull Cap): Bishops wear a purple zucchetto while cardinals wear red and the Pope wears white.
• Coat of Arms: A bishop chooses symbols appropriate to himself and his diocese. The arms of the diocese may occupy the left side whilst his personal arms occupy the right.
• Motto: In order to motivate the faithful and to set himself a specific direction, a new bishop will select a set of meaningful words, often written in Latin on the bottom of the Coat of Arms.
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