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Installation today for new Military Bishop

The installation of Bishop Max Davis as the new Military Bishop for the people of the Australian Defence Force will take place this morning in Canberra's St Christopher's Cathedral.

More than 20 bishops and up to 100 priests are expected to join military representatives, school children and community members for the 11:00 am service.

Bishop-elect Davis was appointed last month by Pope John Paul II. As Bishop, he will work with military chaplains to deliver pastoral care to the men and women of the ADF.

His appointment comes at a time when Australia's defence personnel are engaged in operations across a wide front. The ADF has about 3,800 personnel deployed on more than 10 operations, including in Iraq, East Timor and the recent deployment to help restore order in the Solomon Islands.

Bishop-Elect Davis will be installed by his predecessor, Bishop Geoffrey Mayne, who has battled serious ill health to be part of the celebration.

Born in Townsville in 1945, Bishop-Elect Davis will be the first Australian Catholic Military Bishop to have served in the defence forces before being ordained a priest. He served in the navy from 1962 to 1964 and was ordained a priest in 1971, before spending many years as a military chaplain.

Catholic Military Ordinariate Diocese of the Australian Defence Force

Catholic Military Ordinariate Diocese of the Australian Defence Force
St Christopher's Cathedral, Canberra
New Catholic bishop for Australian Defence Force (17/7/03)
Army priests a model for their peers in civvies (Christ McGillion, Sydney Morning Herald 15/4/03)

22 Aug 2003