Bishop Owen is a Bishop with a rare title: Emeritus Coadjutor Bishop. A coadjutor bishop is appointed to succeed a bishop once he retires, resigns, or dies. Bishop Owen was appointed in 1995 as Coadjutor Bishop when Bishop Peter Cullinane was very ill. No sooner was he appointed Coadjutor, however, than Bishop Peter made a remarkable recovery! In fact Bishop Owen retired in 2004 with Bishop Peter still in place as Bishop of Palmerston North.
Bishop Owen still contributes significantly, in his retirement, to the life and mission of the diocese. Further information on his Crest and Biography can be found below.
Bishop Owen can be contacted by email [email protected] or by phone 06-359 4942
Bishop Owen’s Crest
The ChiRho is formed by superimposing the first two Greek capital letters chi and rho in such a way to produce the monogram to the left of the Crest, and the M is for Mary. These are traditional symbols for Jesus and Mary. The stars remind us of the Southern Cross and Bishop Owen’s motto is taken from St Paul’s letter to the Philippans 2:5: “Let that mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus”.
Bishop Owen recalls that this text was often referred to by the Scripture Professor of Holy Cross College seminary, Fr Ronald Cox, C.M. when he was a student there. The revered Prof sought to lead his students into an ever closer relationship with Jesus Christ.
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