I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Fr Bernard Gordon as the full-time vicar general of the Diocese of Wollongong to assist me in the governance of the Diocese.
In accordance with Canon 479 §1, the vicar general possesses—by virtue of his Office—the same executive power as belongs by law to the bishop throughout the whole Diocese. This means that the vicar general can perform all administrative acts as the bishop does, with the exception of those administrative acts which the bishop has reserved to himself, or which by law requires a special mandate of the bishop.
When exercising any authority or carrying out any act, a vicar general does so always in the name of the bishop (hence the use of the title vicar) and according to the “mind and will” of the bishop. A vicar general never acts according to his own determinations; he must always act as the bishop would act on those things that impact on the life of the Diocese.
As this is a full-time appointment, Fr Bernard will be based in the Office of the Bishop from September 2018. He will be available for supply from time-to-time and will also preside over the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation as well as other public occasions on my behalf when I cannot attend. As vicar general, Fr Bernard will be the principal advisor on the Council of Priests and the College of Consultors, as well as other councils and committees at my request.
I wish Fr Bernard well in his new role among us and I am grateful for his support. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing vicar general, Monsignor Bryan Jones, for his faithful and dedicated service to the role.
Most Rev Brian G Mascord DD
Bishop of Wollongong
20 July 2018