The Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cador has confirmed the election of fr Anthony Walsh as the Prior Provincial of the Province of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Australia, New Zealand and the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Fr Anthony has accepted the election. He succeeds fr Kevin Saunders who has just concluded his second term.
Fr Anthony was born in 1966. After studying Economics at the Australian National University, Canberra and working for a few years, he joined the Order. He made his first profession of religious vows in 1993 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1998. He also has a Licentiate in Theology from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC.
After his ordination, fr Anthony was involved in school chaplaincy work in the Diocese of Parramatta while assisting in preaching in various parishes. In the Province, he has worked in various capacities: Novice and Student Master, Councillor, Bursar and Chair of the Economic Council. He is a member of the Provincial Liturgical Commission and Co-Director of Catherine of Siena Institute, Australia.
As at the time of his election, fr Anthony was the Prior of the community and Parish Priest of St James, Forest Lodge.
(5 January 2017)