Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Mark ColeridgeArchbishop Mark Benedict Coleridge was named Metropolitan Archbishop of Brisbane on 2 April 2012, and installed on 11 May 2012.

Archbishop Coleridge was born in Melbourne on 25 September 1948, the third of five children of Bernard Coleridge and Marjorie Harvey (both deceased).

He graduated with an Arts degree, majoring in English and French, from Melbourne University. He then studied for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College’s various campuses in Werribee, Glen Waverley and Clayton from 1969-74.

He was ordained a priest in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne on 18 May 1974.

After Ordination, he worked as an Assistant Priest in various Melbourne parishes for some years before studying Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. After four years in Rome and Jerusalem he returned to Melbourne to teach Scripture.

Three years later he was back in Rome for doctoral studies, after which he returned to teach in Melbourne and was eventually made the Master of Catholic Theological College.

In late 1997 he was called to work in the Holy See’s Secretariat of State.

Four years later he returned to Australia and was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne.

In 2004, he was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture and Chair of the Roman Missal Editorial Committee of the International Committee for English in the Liturgy. He was subsequently named Chair of the International Commission for the Preparation of an English-language Lectionary.

In 2006, he was appointed Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn.  

Within the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, he is a member of the Permanent Committee and the Bishops Commission for Doctrine and Morals and Chair of the Bishops Commission for Liturgy.

In 2011, he was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

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