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Mount St Benedict College (MSB) hosted its first visit from Bishop Peter A Comensoli, Bishop of Broken Bay Diocese in August. Bishop Peter is the third Bishop of the Diocese of Broken Bay having been installed into office in late 2014.

Before taking up his current appointment Bishop Peter had served as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese Sydney from June 2011. Prior to this he served as Chancellor in the Diocese of Wollongong for six years having previously ministered in a number of parishes in that diocese following his ordination to the Priesthood in 1992. In an earlier period of his life Bishop Peter also enjoyed the benefits of being educated by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan.

Bishop Peter’s visit to the College began in informal conversation with a number of our students who spoke about various initiatives in the College and shared some of their experiences of life at MSB. At the College Assembly Bishop Peter addressed the community about the opportunities presented by the digital age and what it means to be missionaries in this age. He helped the girls to recognise the unique place young people have in the digital world and the opportunities that are available through avenues such as social media. In his address Bishop Peter reflected on the idea of being an apostle through the example of Mary Magdalene as the first witness to the risen Christ. Bishop Peter also drew on the words of Pope Francis in his encyclical letter ‘Laudato Si’ to emphasise the idea that all things are connected in our world and that through the benefits of the digital age we have enormous scope for influence. Finally Bishop Peter joined staff for morning tea and some informal conversation.

Mount St Benedict College look forward to Bishop Peter presiding at the College’s Jubilee Eucharist next year and other opportunities to share in his ministry.