Bishop Brian Finnigan reaches retirement

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane

BISHOP Brian Finnigan will begin the new year in retirement from his episcopal ministry after Pope Francis officially accepted his resignation yesterday.

The Holy Father accepted the resignation of Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop Brian Vincent Finnigan, aged 77, on December 30, 2015, two years after he had presented it to Pope Francis.

Diocesan bishops are canonically requested to present their resignation to the Holy Father at 75 years of age.

Bishop Finnigan served as auxiliary bishop of Brisbane for 13 years and wholeheartedly welcomed his retirement in an official letter sent to clergy in the archdiocese.

“I am grateful that it has now come to pass,” Bishop Finnigan said.

“At 77 years of age, energy levels and mental agility have diminished.”

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