THE DIOCESE OF WILCANNIA-FORBES
This Diocese is geographically large, taking in half of New South Wales. It incorporates most of western New South Wales, from the Victorian border in the south, to the Queensland border in the north, then west to the South Australian border. The Diocese has twenty-two parishes.
BISHOP COLUMBA MACBETH-GREEN
In 2014 Bishop Columba was installed as the 7th Bishop of the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese. Bishop Columba was born in 1968 and grew up in the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese. After spending two years with Conventual Franciscans, he joined the Order of St. Paul the First Hermit (Pauline Fathers) in 1990, and studied for the Priesthood at Vianney College in Wagga Wagga. He made his Solemn Profession in the Order in 1996, and was ordained a priest the following year. In 2014, at the time of his appointment as Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese, he was the Provincial Vicar of the Pauline Fathers for Australia and Rector of the Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Marian Valley, Canungra, Queensland, where he served from 2006 to 2014. Read more about him here.
Bishop Columba’s desire has been realised, to re-establish a Carmelite Monastery in the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese. The old Carmelite Monastery, which was in Parkes, closed down in the 1980s. To achieve this, Bishop Columba was supported by a committee of faithful, hardworking laity both local to the Diocese and also from around Australia, who were the driving force behind establishing the new monastery in his Diocese.
MESSAGE FROM BISHOP COLUMBA MACBETH-GREEN OSPPE DD
Opening of the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph – 23 March 2019