New archbishop of Mt Hagen hailed from Brisbane

Pope Benedict has announced the appointment of Brisbane-born Bishop Douglas Young, auxiliary of the archdiocese of Mount Hagen in the Papua New Guinea highlands, as metropolitan archbishop of the same archdiocese.

Bishop Douglas Young, a member of the Divine Word Missionaries order and auxiliary of the archdiocese of Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea (PNG), succeeds Archbishop Michael Meier who has resigned upon having reached the age limit.

Born in Brisbane in 1950, the archbishop-elect was ordained a priest in 1977 and ordained a bishop in 2000.

According to a Vatican announcement yesterday, Bishop Young has worked for more than 30 years in the PNG highlands and has developed a deep understanding of Melanesian cultures especially in regard to their reconciliation processes.

Bishop Young holds a doctorate in conflict transformation from Macquarie University for which he researched and reflected in the PNG context. He has been Head of PNG Studies at Divine Word University, Madang, and has been involved in conflict transformation training and facilitation in many parts of PNG including Bougainville.

His international experience includes training others in Manila, Rome, Sydney and American Samoa. In a variety of pastoral situations including prison ministry, youth ministry and parish life, Douglas Young has applied the theological principles and practices of conflict transformation and peacebuilding.

The Mount Hagen archdiocese has a Catholic population of 145,000 from a total population of nearly 400,000 people.

Vatican Information Service (17/7/06)

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18 Jul 2006