To the Clergy, Religious and Christ’s Faithful of the Diocese of Lismore:
It is with joy that I pass on to you the news that the Holy Father has accepted my resignation as Bishop of Lismore, and appointed the Revd. Father Gregory Homeming, OCD to succeed me as our Sixth Bishop.
At the same time the Holy Father has appointed me the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese until the day, yet to be determined, when the Bishop-elect receives Episcopal Ordination and takes canonical possession of the See.
Father Homeming was born of an Australian Chinese family in Sydney on 30 May 1958. He completed his primary education in Shepparton, Victoria, and his secondary education at St Aloysius’ College, Milsons Point. He graduated in Economics and Law (B.Ec and Ll.B) at the University of Sydney and subsequently practised law with a Sydney firm from 1981-1985.
At the end of 1985 the Bishop-elect joined the Order of Discalced Carmelites, making his first profession of vows on 1 February 1987. Following theological studies at the Melbourne College of Divinity and obtaining an MA in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne, he was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on 20 July 1991.
As a Discalced Carmelite, Father Homeming has held the positions of Major Superior, Novice Master, Prior and Retreat Director. The Clergy of the Diocese will remember him for the masterly Retreat he gave us at Dorrigo in 2014.
I am sure that you will keep the Bishop-elect in your prayers during the time ahead as he prepares for the ministry of a Successor of the Apostles and Chief Shepherd of our Diocese which now entrusted to him, and for his move to Lismore in the early months of the New Year. In faith, and hope, and love we prepare our welcome.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Most Revd Geoffrey H Jarrett,