Perth Auxiliary Bishop Don Sproxton has last week celebrated his 70th Birthday.
Bishop Sproxton is the elder of the two children of Henry Sproxton and Thelma, Bishop Sproxton was born at St John of God Hospital, Subiaco, Western Australia on 7 February 1953.
His family lived in Bayswater where he commenced his primary education at St Columba’s School in 1959.
The family moved to Morley in 1963 at the time that he continued his primary schooling at Christian Brothers High School, Bedford. In 1970, he completed his secondary education at CBHS, Highgate.
Bishop Sproxton was elected by Pope John Paul II to the episcopacy in December 2001 and ordained a bishop on 21 February 2002 at St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth by Archbishop Hickey. The co-consecrators were Bishop Justin Bianchini of Geraldton and Bishop Robert Healy, Emeritus Auxiliary Bishop of Perth.
Bishop Sproxton also celebrated his 45th Anniversary of Ordination on Saturday 17 December with Mass for the Missa de Gallo in St Gerard’s Mirrabooka.
This traditional Dawn Mass of the Filipino community has been held in the parish for thirty-three years in the nine days leading to Christmas Day. While this tradition commenced with former Parish Priest, Fr Geoff Aldous, Bishop Don has been celebrating his Ordination Anniversary at this Mass for thirty years.
On behalf of the whole Archdiocese, congratulations on this magnificent milestone Bishop Don!