The Holy Father, Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Fr. Shane Mackinlay as New Bishop of the Diocese of Sandhurst in Australia, after accepting the resignation of His Excellency Reverend Leslie Rogers Tomlinson. This was published the Bullettino on Wednesday the 23rd of July 2019.
Fr. Shane Mackinlay, upon his new appointment was the parish priest of Bungaree in the Diocese of Ballarat and Lecturer at the Catholic Theological College in Melbourne.
Shane Mackinlay was born in Brunswick, Melbourne, on June 5, 1965. He made the first Wellington Primary School in Mulgrave, Villa Maria Primary School in Ballarat East, and at the St. Patrick’s College in Ballarat. Joined Corpus Christi College Provincial Seminary in 1983, he received his bachelor’s degree in theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity, bachelor’s degree in physics from Monash University. He is a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of
He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Ballarat on 6 September 1991.
As a priest, he held several offices and was entrusted with numerous responsibilities.
First he was Parish Vicar (1992-1997) in Colac and then at Ballarat Cathedral. In 1998 he was appointed pastor of Sebastopol, Secretary of Bishop Peter Connors and Lecturer at the Australian Catholic University.
The Rev. Fr. Mackinlay served two terms as Member of the Ballarat College of Consultants (1999-2003; 2008-2013). He has been pastor of Bungaree since
2005, and since 2009 is also a collaborator of Gordon Parish. From 2010 to the present he is also A Lecturer at Catholic Theological College in Melbourne and President of the Bishop’s Advisory Council