The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference welcomes the appointment of Ms Alison Burt, in commencing her role today as Executive Secretary of the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life.
The Chairman of the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life, Bishop Eugene Hurley of Darwin, warmly welcomed Ms Burt to the new role and congratulated her on behalf of his fellow Commissioners.
“I look forward to working with Ms Burt over the coming months as the Commission continues to work on all aspects of the pastoral life of the Church in Australia.”
Mr Bruce Ryan has served as the Executive Secretary over the past eight years. He retired from full time work last month.
Bishop Hurley said: “This is an interesting and challenging time for the Commission for Pastoral Life and its councils, in particular following many discussions about the family during the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome over the past fortnight.”
Speaking about her new role, Ms Burt said: "I am honoured to serve the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in the role of Executive Secretary of the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life.”
“Through the Commission, I look forward to supporting and furthering the life of the Catholic Church in Australia," she added.
Ms Burt has strong family connections in Canberra. Having recently spent time in New Zealand, Ms Burt was looking forward to returning to Canberra with her young family.