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Mark Coleridge

His Grace, The Most Reverend

Mark Coleridge

Archbishop Mark Coleridge in Canberra, 2011
Diocese Archdiocese of Brisbane
Installed 11 May 2012
Predecessor John Bathersby
Successor Incumbent
Other posts Member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (2011–present)
Ordination 18 May 1974 (Priest) in St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne[1]
Consecration 19 June 2002 (Bishop)[2]
Personal details
Birth name Mark Benedict Coleridge
Born (1948-09-25) 25 September 1948 (age 65)
Melbourne, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Parents Bernard and Marjorie (née Harvey) Coleridge
Previous post
Archbishop of Canberra–Goulburn (2006-2012);
Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne (2002-2006)
Alma mater University of Melbourne;
Corpus Christi College, Melbourne
Motto Sanguis et Aqua
(Blood and Water)
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Mark Benedict Coleridge (born 25 September 1948, Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian Catholic bishop. Since 11 May 2012 he has served as the seventh Archbishop of Brisbane. He has previously served as the Archbishop of Canberra–Goulburn (2006-12) and as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne (2002-06).

Early life

The third of five siblings born to Bernard and Marjorie (née Harvey) Coleridge, Mark Coleridge was educated at Saint Joseph's School, Tranmere, South Australia, Rostrevor College, Adelaide, and at St Kevin's College, Toorak. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He entered Corpus Christi College, Werribee as a Melbourne seminarian and also studied with the seminary as it moved to Glen Waverley and Clayton.[1]

On 18 May 1974, at St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, Coleridge was ordained a priest by Bishop John A. Kelly, an auxiliary bishop of Melbourne. He was sent to The Biblicum, Rome for the Licentiate in Sacred Scripture, which he received in 1984. Coleridge was also awarded the Biblicum's doctorate for his dissertation on the Infancy Narrative in Luke's Gospel, in April 1992. He returned to Melbourne in 1992, where he held a range of theological appointments until he returned to Rome, serving as a Chaplain of His Holiness.[3]


On 3 May 2002 Pope John Paul II appointed him an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. On 19 June 2006 he was appointed Archbishop of Canberra – Goulburn, the first Australian episcopal appointment of Pope Benedict XVI. On 29 December 2011 he was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications for a five-year renewable term.[4]

On 2 April 2012, he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Archbishop of Brisbane and he was installed in a liturgical service on 11 May 2012.[1]

Bishop Coleridge is a member of the Bishops Commission for Doctrine and Morals and Chairman of the Bishops Commission for Liturgy.



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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Francis Carroll
Archbishop of Canberra – Goulburn
2006— 2012
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Bathersby
7th Archbishop of Brisbane
2012— present
Succeeded by

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