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New Catholic bishop for Australian Defence Force

Members of the Australian Defence Force have a new Catholic Bishop, with last night's appointment of Monsignor Max Davis as Military Ordinary Bishop of Australia.

The Vatican announced yesterday that the Pope had accepted the resignation of Bishop Geoffrey Mayne and appointed Monsignor Davis as his successor.

Davis will be the first Australian Catholic Military Bishop to have served in the defence forces before being ordained a priest.

He was born in Townsville in 1945 and grew up in Perth, where he was educated by the Christian Brothers. He served in the Navy from 1962 to 1964, before entering the seminary. His 1971 ordination was followed by parish appointment in Perth and military chaplaincy culminating in his incardination into the newly established Military Ordinariate in 1990.

Retiring Military Ordinary Bishop Geoffrey Mayne welcomed his successor.

"I know that you will give him the same loyalty and support that I have been privileged to enjoy," he said. "I wish him and you all, my dear Chaplains, the fullness of God's blessings for the future."

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

New Catholic bishop for ADF (The Australian)
Australian Catholic Defence Diocese
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Catholics in the Military (USA)

17 Jul 2003