Pope Benedict XVI and Passionist Superior General, Father Ottaviano D’Egidio, C.P. at a recent General Audience at the Vatican.
Archive for October, 2006
Fr. Denis Travers, C.P. was born in Adelaide (Australia), the eldest of five children of the late Jim and Kath Travers. He was educated at St Anthony’s Primary School in Edwardstown and Christian Brothers College, Wakefield St, Adelaide, South Australia.
Denis has served in various leadership positions in the Holy Spirit Province (Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea), including Community Leader and Director of the Retreat Centre at both Holy Cross, Templestowe, Victoria and the Passionist Monastery at Glen Osmond, South Australia. He has also been at various times Novice Master and Parish Priest of St Paul of the Cross, Glen Osmond.
In 1995 Father Denis was elected First Provincial Consultor and then in 1999 elected Provincial Superior, a leadership role he has held until the present time.
Since 2004, he has been a member of a three person Committee advising the Father General on the restructuring of the Passionist Congregation throughout the world.
The General Chapter today elected the General Council for the Passionist Congregation 2006 – 2012.
Those elected were Fr Luis Alberto Cano Seijo (Spain) with 60 votes, Fr Clemente Barrone (USA) with 59 votes, Fr Denis Travers (Australia) with 58 votes and Fr Luigi Vaninetti (Italy) with 48 votes.
Fr Denis Travers was then elected First Consultor. This is the first time in the history of the Passionists that an Australian has served as First Consultor, or Vicar General of the Congregation.
The Vatican News Service today (Tuesday 17th October 2006) announced -
Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop William Kenney C.P., auxiliary of the diocese of Stockholm, Sweden, as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Birmingham (area 8,735, population 5,245,000, Catholics 286,442, priests 358, permanent deacons 76, religious 705), Great Britain.
Visit the web site of the Archdiocese of Birmingham here
Visit the Catholic Hierachy web site page on Bishop Kenney, C.P. here