BISHOP DAVID WALKER
Bishop David spent his childhood in Clovelly – so he is a true local of the east. He was educated with the Sisters of St Joseph and then here at Marcellin (in those days called Marist Brothers Randwick.
He entered the seminary and studied at both Springwood and Manly. (I was at Manly last night)
Bishop David was ordained to the priesthood on 21st July 1962. He was appointed Bishop to the Broken Bay Diocese on 9th July 1996 and was ordained by Cardinal Clancy in Our Lady of Dolours Catholic Church, Chatswood on 3rd September 1996.
Bishop David's deep love and interest in spirituality formed the backbone to his commitment to promote a truly Australian spirituality, and the fostering of theological and spiritual education.
His ongoing support for furthering serious theological study and adult faith formation to the wider Catholic community led to the development and founding of the Catholic Correspondence Centre, The Centre for Christian Spirituality and The Broken Bay Institute. Bishop David also served as Chair of the Australian Catholic Bishops Commission for Church Ministry and was a Member of the Bishops Commission for Health and Community Services.
For seventeen years Bishop David served as the chief pastor to the people of the Diocese of Broken Bay. He officially retired as Bishop of Broken Bay on Wednesday, 13 November 2013, when the Holy Father, Pope Francis, accepted his resignation.
At the time of his retirement, Archbishop Denis Hart, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, thanked him for his magnificent contribution to the Church and society.
“His love of Theology, passion for adult education, and welcoming pastoral care are highly esteemed by all of us, and we are grateful for his contribution to the work of the bishops and the commissions, especially that of Church Ministry. His gifted work and friendship since his appointment as bishop of Broken Bay in 1996 is esteemed by all. We wish him every blessing in retirement”, he said.
So, Bishop David, as a leader in the Catholic Church in Australia, in the many and various appointments you have faithfully fulfilled as a Priest and a Bishop, you have made a significant contribution, not only to the catholic church, but to the Australian community more broadly. Today we recognise that contribution and express our gratitude by presenting to you the Champagnat Award for a distinguished Ex Student and I invite you to come forward to accept the award.