Vatican City (Fides Service) - The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II has, 24 May 2004, accepted the renunciation of the pastoral government of the diocese of Dunedin (New Zealand), presented by Bishop Leonard Anthony Boyle, in conformity with the Code of Canon Law, canon 401 § 2
The Holy Father has appointed Bishop of Dunedin (New Zealand), Reverend Colin Campbell, presently Rector of the National Seminary in Auckland.
The Bishop elect was born on 22 September 1941 in the diocese of Dunedin. He was ordained a priest on 27 June 1966. He studied in New Zealand, in Britain (Licentiate in Catechesis at Corpus Christi College London) and in Germany at Trier (Licentiate inn Liturgy at the Institutum Liturgicum). At present he is Rector of the National Holy Cross Seminary in Auckland. He has been parishes priest in various places and member of several diocesan Commissions.
Dunedin diocese was created in 1869, it is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Wellington, it has an area of 64.747 sq. km a population of 282,183 including 35.307 Catholics gathered in 37 parishes looked after by 57 priests (5 Religious and 52 diocesan), 15 Brothers 124 women Religious, 3 major seminarians (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides 24/5/2004; Righe 13; Parole 175)