Julian C Porteous - Biography - Early Role

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Archbishop Porteous served as Assistant Priest in the parishes of Kingsgrove, Manly, The Entrance, Woy Woy and Mona Vale.

In 1996, he was appointed Administrator of the Parish of Annandale and then Parish Priest of Dulwich Hill in 1999.

Archbishop Porteous is actively involved in evangelisation, particularly among young people. He organised a number of evangelisation rallies – Jesus Christ at Manly Oval (1983), Jesus Christ at Belmore Oval (1984) – to reach out to young Catholics.

He was instrumental in establishing the Pastoral Training School (now called “Summer School”), which, since 1984, has formed thousands of young Catholics in their Catholic faith and in the pastoral skills necessary to contribute to the Church’s evangelising ministry.

He has been an advocate of the New Evangelisation called for by Pope John Paul II. He was responsible for evangelisation and renewal in the Archdiocese of Sydney until his appointment as Archbishop of Hobart.

In this capacity, Archbishop Porteous established an Office for Evangelisation, CREDO, which has been responsible for a number of important evangelisation initiatives including Walk with Christ (an annual procession of the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of New Zealand), SCENE (a week long city mission in the CBD), Open the Doors to Christ (parish missions in the New Evangelisation), and several Colloquia on the New Evangelisation (equipping Catholics for the evangelising mission of the Church).

Archbishop Porteous also established CRADIO, a digital radio service which promotes the New Evangelisation through the new media.

Archbishop Porteous has been involved with a number of new ecclesial movements.  He actively promotes the role and work of the new ecclesial movements as a grace given to the Church in our time to renew the Catholic faith and promote the evangelising mission of the Church.

Archbishop Porteous was appointed Rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd, Sydney, in January 2002 and served in this role until the end of 2008.