An archbishop can be assisted by a number of auxiliary bishops who share in the pastoral care of an archdiocese. At present in Melbourne, we have one auxiliary bishop: Bishop Terence Curtin, who is Episcopal Vicar for the Northern Region and Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation and Mission.
Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne
Born in Cremorne, Sydney on 20 July 1945, Terence Curtin was educated at St Kevin’s College, Toorak. Joining the Regional Seminary of Melbourne, he completed his priestly formation at the Pontifical Urban College, Rome.
Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Melbourne and later on a Doctorate of Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Melbourne on 28 August 1971.
From 1971 to 1974 Fr Curtin served as Assistant Priest at Noble Park and from 1974 to 1975 he was Assistant Priest of Fawkner and Chaplain to the General Cemetery of Melbourne.
He was appointed Chaplain and Head of the Religious Education Department at the State College of Victoria, Mercy Campus in Ascot Vale from 1975 to 1982. Following further studies in Rome, Fr Curtin served as Chaplain and Head of the School of Religion and Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University in Oakleigh from 1987 to 1992 and in 1992 he studied at the Weston School of Theology in Boston, USA.
He was Head of the School of Religion and Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University, Victoria, from 1993 to 1995.
Fr Curtin was Head of the School of Theology at the Australian Catholic University, Victoria, from 1996 to 2002. From 2003-2010 he was Master of the Catholic Theological College, Melbourne, and since 2006 he has been Magistral Chaplain to the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of Malta.
In 2008 Fr Curtin was appointed Parish Priest of Greythorn. From 2008 to 2009 he was Vice President of the Melbourne College of Divinity and President from 2010 to 2011, and in 2011 he was made Head of the Systematic Theology Department at the Catholic Theological College, Melbourne.
In 2012 he was made a Monsignor and appointed Diocesan Consultor and Episcopal Vicar of Melbourne for the Eastern Region. On 17 December 2014, he was ordained an auxiliary bishop of Melbourne by Archbishop Denis Hart at St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne.
Bishop Curtin is Auxiliary Bishop for the Northern Region and Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation and Mission.