Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson grew up in Cessnock, in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales and served as a priest in nearby Maitland.

He was ordained a bishop in 1996 when he was appointed by Pope John Paul II as Bishop of Wollongong. Five years later, he became the eighth Archbishop of Adelaide after Archbishop Leonard Faulkner retired.

In 2006, Archbishop Wilson was made President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, was re-elected in 2008 and also served a further two-year term concluding in 2012.

In 2012 he was elected Vice-President of ACBC and also elected Chair of the Bishops' Conference Justice Ecology and Development.

His motto is Non Nobis Domine.
Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to Your name give the glory
(Psalm 115)