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Pope approves retirement of Lismore bishop

Pope John Paul II has approved the retirement of Bishop John Satterthwaite as Bishop of the NSW regional Diocese of Lismore.

This announcement was made last week by Bishop Satterthwaite in a statement to his priests.

After 30 years as Bishop of the Diocese, he will conclude his tenure at the beginning of December.

Bishop Satterthwaite was ordained Co-adjutor Bishop in St. Carthage's Cathedral Lismore on 1st May 1969. He succeeded the late Bishop Farrelly on the 31st August 1971, to become the fourth Bishop of the diocese. On his retirement, Bishop Satterthwaite will be succeeded by his Co-adjutor Bishop, The Most Reverend Geoffrey Hylton Jarrett.

Bishop Jarrett will become the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Lismore. He was ordained Bishop on 22nd February 2001.

Commenting on his retirement Bishop Satterthwaite said: "After thirty years as Bishop I feel it is time for the diocese to have a change of leadership. Bishop Jarrett will lead the diocese in this new millenium. I wish him well as the new Bishop of the Diocese."

Lismore Diocese