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