Plenary Council Member Profile: Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB

25 Feb 2021

By Contributor

The first of the Plenary Council Assemblies is fast approaching. The Archdiocese of Perth has 16 members, with an additional two members from Western Australia as heads of religious orders.

Over the coming weeks, we will profile our members, listening to their response to the question, “What do you think the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church of Australia at this time?”

Our first member profile is of course, our own Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB.

Educated at St Peter’s Parish Primary School, East Bentleigh and at Salesian College, Chadstone, from where he graduated in 1971.

In 1985, Archbishop Costelloe made his Final Profession as a Salesian of Don Bosco and was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Sir Frank Little on 25 October 1986.

Discernment is both a call and a challenge given to us by the Holy Spirit says Plenary Council President and Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB in a paper on Discernment. Photo: Max Hoh.

In 1996, he was transferred to Perth where he was appointed parish priest of St Joachim’s Parish, Victoria Park, and lecturer in theology at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle. He completed his doctorate in theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity at this time. Returning to Melbourne in mid-1999, he was appointed as Rector of the Salesian formation community in 2000 and resumed teaching commitments at the Catholic Theological College

On 20 February 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Costelloe as the ninth Bishop and sixth Archbishop of Perth. He was solemnly installed as Archbishop of Perth on 21 March 2012.

Let’s hear Archbishop’s Timothy’s response to what he thinks the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church in Australia at this time.

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