Mark Coleridge

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The Most Reverend
Mark Coleridge
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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
Consecration 19 June 2002
Personal details
Birth name Mark Benedict Coleridge
Born (1948-09-25) 25 September 1948 (age 68)
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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Styles of
Mark Coleridge
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style His Grace
Religious style Archbishop

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 previously served as the Archbishop of Canberra–Goulburn (2006–12) and as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne (2002–06).

Early life[edit]

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 St Kevin's College, Toorak. Contemplating a career in the Australian diplomatic service, he graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in French. As a Melbourne seminarian, he entered Corpus Christi College, then in Werribee and later in Glen Waverley and Clayton.[1]

On 18 May 1974, Coleridge was ordained a priest at St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, by Bishop John A. Kelly, an auxiliary bishop of Melbourne.[1] Here worked as a parish priest there until moving to Rome where he earned a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture at the Biblicum in 1984 and a Doctorate in Sacred Scripture with dissertation on the Infancy Narrative in Luke's Gospel in April 1992. He returned to Melbourne in 1992, where he spent three years at several theology appointments.[2] After some time in Rome devoted to doctoral studies and another stint in Melbourne, in 1997 he was appointed to a position in the Roman Curia at the Secretariat of State, where he spent four years.[3]


On 3 May 2002, Pope John Paul II appointed him an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. On 19 June 2006, Pope Benedict XVI named Coleridge as Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn. 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, Pope Benedict XVI named him Metropolitan Archbishop of Brisbane and he was installed on 11 May 2012.[1]

As a member of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, he serves on that body's permanent committee, chairs its Commission for Evangelisation, and is a member of its Commission for Church Ministry.[5]

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference nominated Coleridge to serve as a delegate to the Synod on the Family in Rome in October 2015. There he served as the relator (reporting secretary) for one of the four English-language working groups.[6]



  1. ^ a b c "Appointment of the new Metropolitan Archbishop of Brisbane: The Most Revd Mark Benedict Coleridge, DD" (PDF) (Press release). Catholic Church in Australia. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Archbishop Mark Benedict Coleridge". Archdiocese of Canberra – Goulburn. 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Biography". Archdiocese of Brisbane. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Nomina di membri del Pontificio Consiglio delle Comunicazioni Sociali" (Press release) (in Italian). Rome: Roman Catholic Church. 29 December 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Commissions Memberships". Catholic Church in Australia. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  6. ^ McElwee, Joshua J. (13 October 2015). "Australian archbishop: Synod must change church's language, actions". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 

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