Bishop now sea­soned bush trav­eller

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

ROCK­HAMP­TON Bishop Michael McCarthy is quickly be­com­ing a sea­soned bush trav­eller.

Since his ap­point­ment on May 10, Bishop McCarthy has had his work cut out for him as he be­comes ac­quainted with the 414,000sq km area he now pre­sides over.

Even though that area stretches to Mackay in the north, Bund­aberg in the south and the state bor­der in the west, Bishop McCarthy popped into lit­tle

Blair Smith He wasn’t in­ter­ested in any sort of cer­e­mony. He just wan­dered around and got to know ev­ery­one.

old Monto last Fri­day for a three-day visit.

“This is my first ever trip to Monto and it seems like a lovely lit­tle town,” he said af­ter the Sun­day church ser­vice. “Even though I haven’t been to all these places be­fore I trained some of the priests when I was a di­rec­tor so it’s nice to be able to see them again.”

As well as vis­it­ing St Therese’s Catholic Pri­mary School on Fri­day, Bishop McCarthy led mass be­fore a shared lunch at St Therese par­ish on Sun­day.

“For some of the up­per school kids it was a bit like get­ting to meet a fa­mous per­son be­cause they watched his ap­point­ment as bishop on the in­ter­net,” St Therese School as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion Blair Smith said.

“He wasn’t in­ter­ested in any sort of cer­e­mony. He just wan­dered around and got to know ev­ery­one. He was re­ally down to earth.”

The Monto Catholic com­mu­nity agreed it was a great snapshot of the bishop. And they be­lieve they are in very good hands.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

WARM WEL­COME: Monto's Col List meets Rock­hamp­ton dio­cese Bishop Michael McCarthy on Sun­day.

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