Pope appoints new bishop for Auckland, New Zealand
By Vatican News staff reporter
Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Stephen Marmion Lowe, currently bishop of Hamilton, New Zealand, as the new bishop of Auckland.
Bishop Lowe succeeds Bishop Patrick James Dunn, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Auckland was accepted by the Holy Father at the same time.
Biography of Bishop Patrick James Dunn
(Courtesy of the Diocese of Hamilton)
Stephen Marmion Lowe was born in Hokitika, the youngest child of Milly and Frank Lowe, with two older sisters Margaret and Dorothy.
He was educated at Hokitika Primary School, then St Mary’s Primary School and, because there was no Catholic College in Hokitika, he completed his secondary schooling at Westland High School.
Following school, he worked for the NZ Forest Service in Hokitika and Christchurch and the NZ Timberlands in Timaru. During this time he became involved in his local parish in Timaru North where he was involved in a young adults group and with youth in the parish.
In 1989 he discerned the call to priesthood, and entered Holy Cross College seminary in Mosgiel in 1990. He completed his final year of seminary study at St Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia during
He served as the assistant priest in Mairehau, Ashburton and Greymouth parishes before being appointed parish priest of Timaru North.