Archbishop Philip Wilson DD JCL
Archbishop of Adelaide
Archbishop Wilson grew up in Cessnock in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales and was ordained in 1975 being appointed to serve as assistant priest in the nearby Maitland Diocese.
Ordained a Bishop in 1996 and appointed to Wollongong by Pope John Paul ll, he became the eighth Archbishop of Adelaide in 2001.
Archbishop Wilson is currently the Vice President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference having held the position of President since 2006. He is also the Chair of the Bishops Commission for Justice Ecology and Development.
Archbishop Wilson, who has a Doctorate in Canon Law, is a member of the Canon Law Societies of Australia, New Zealand, America, Great Britain and Ireland as well as the Society for Medieval Canon Law.
Bishop Peter Andrew Comensoli
Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Sydney
"The whole company of believers was of one heart and soul."
On understanding lay ecclesial ministry in terms of the co-responsibility between the laity and the pastors for the sake of the Church's mission.
Bishop Comensoli was born in the Illawarra on March 25, 1964. He was baptised at St John Vianney Church, Fairy Meadow, the parish in which he would receive all his sacraments of Christian Initiation, as well as priestly Ordination.
He was was educated by the Good Samaritan Sisters at St John Vianney's Primary School, and by the Marist Fathers at St Paul's College, Bellambi. Following school, he worked for four years in the banking sector, while studying Commerce at Wollongong University. Bishop Comensoli commenced his studies for the priesthood at St Patrick's College, Manly in 1986.
Bishop Comensoli was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Wollongong on May 22, 1992. During his time in the diocese he served as Assistant Priest and then Administrator in a number of parishes. He was Diocesan Chancellor for six years and a member of various clergy and diocesan committees.
In 2011 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney and ordained to the Episcopate in the same year.
Bishop Comensoli is Episcopal Vicar for Life, Marriage and Family, Chair of the Sydney Archdiocese Catholic Schools (SACS) Board and parish priest of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Watsons Bay. At the national level he is currently a member of the Bishop's Commission for Church Ministry and for Mission and Faith Formation.
Dr Deb Organ
Dr Deb Organ MSW LICSW DMin teaches Pastoral Theology at St Catherine University in Saint Paul, and at the University of Saint Thomas, also in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Dr Organ is a practising Clinical Social Worker, and has a practice in the parish where she is Pastoral Associate in Minneapolis, working with recent Latino immigrants with issues of complex trauma. She is President of the Catholic Association of Teachers of Homiletics, and offers workshops in homiletics in English and Spanish.
Dr Organ has a Master’s in Social Work, Doctor of Ministry in Preaching, The Latin American Program in Missiology and a Masters of Divinity from Harvard University.
She has been married to Jerry for 23 years, and they have five children aged 13 to 21.
Rev Dr Philip Marshall
Rev Dr Philip Marshall is Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Adelaide Archdiocese and he supports Archbishop Philip Wilson in his ministry and leadership.
Father Marshall leads the Adelaide Archdiocese's Leap Ahead program, which involves parish planning for the future. He is Principal of the Catholic Theological College and lectures in “Church and Ministry”.
Father Marshall studied Arts at Adelaide University, completing Honours in Classics. After graduating, he moved to Port Augusta where he worked in the area of community welfare before returning to Adelaide to join the St Francis Xavier Seminary at Rostrevor. Following his ordination Fr Marshall has served in several parishes, including Hectorville. He played a significant role in establishing the Hectorville Catholic Community, which places a strong focus on the involvement of the whole community in the life of the church and neighbourhood.
Father Philip Marshall is a Doctor of Philosophy and his locus of study in Canada was well-known Dominican theologian Father Jean-Marie Tillard. Father Philip Marshall’s thesis title is “The Local Church: Identity, Relationships and Purposes”: An exploration of the Communion Theologies of John Zizoulas and Jean Marie Tillard.”