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New bishop appointments for NZ

Pope John Paul II yesterday appointed the rector of New Zealand's national seminary as Bishop of Dunedin, and made Wellington's auxiliary bishop the coadjutor to Cardinal Thomas Williams.

63 year old Fr Colin Campbell (pictured), currently rector of Holy Cross seminary in Auckland, is a native of the Dunedin Diocese on the South Island, and worked there as a priest for more than 30 years after he was ordained in 1966. He is also National Chaplain of National Service Group for Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Fr Campbell succeeds Bishop Leonard Boyle.

Meanwhile Pope John Paul II also appointed Wellington auxiliary Bishop John Atcherley Dew, 55, as coadjutor archbishop with right of succession to the current archbishop Cardinal Thomas Williams. Bishop Dew was ordained priest in 1976 and became a bishop in 1995.

Other Pontifical Acts (Vatican Information Service 24/5/04)

Catholic Church in New Zealand
Holy Cross Seminary
Diocese of Dunedin
Archdiocese of Wellington

25 May 2004