ACBC appointment for Fr Stephen Hackett

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ACBC appointment for Fr Stephen Hackett

Moonah-Lutana Parish Priest Fr Stephen Hackett has been appointed as the new Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) General Secretary.

Fr Stephen said the announcement was both unexpected and exciting.

“I was surprised to be asked by the Australian bishops to take on the role of general secretary - I was not expecting the invitation,” he said.

“I am excited about the opportunity and I thank the bishops for the confidence they have placed in me.”
Born in 1959, Fr Stephen was professed to the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) in 1982 and was ordained in 1986.

He will start his new role in early 2016 following the appointment of Fr Brian Lucas as National Director of Catholic Mission (after serving as ACBC General Secretary since August 2002).

With a diverse range of experience, Fr Stephen has ministered in parishes, diocesan governance, secondary education, university chaplaincy, and the vocations apostolate.

His primary academic qualification is in theology, with postgraduate awards in peace studies and education, and a doctorate specialising in architecture and liturgy.

Since 2010, Fr Stephen has chaired the National Liturgical Architecture and Art Board and joined the National Liturgical Council in 2012, both advisory bodies to the ACBC.

In February this year, Fr Stephen organised ‘God is in the detail: Making architecture and art for Catholic worship,’ a national symposium of the National Liturgical Architecture and Art Board in collaboration with the Australian Catholic University.

ACBC President Archbishop Denis Hart congratulated Fr Stephen on his appointment.

“The Australian bishops searched the length and breadth of the country to appoint a priest who would manage and lead …with a depth of administrative and pastoral experience,” he said.

“I believe Stephen has tremendous gifts and energy and will serve the Church well.

“I am deeply grateful to Fr Stephen and to the MSCs for this great support.”