Bishop Edwards


Bishop Mark Edwards OMI is the Auxiliary Bishop of the Western Region in Melboure and was previously the Auxiliary Bishop for the Eastern Region. Born in Balikpapan, Indonesia on 14 June 1959, Fr Edwards was educated at Mazenod College, Mulgrave and Monash University, Melbourne. Entering the Noviciate of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Mulgrave in 1980, he made his final religious profession on 17 February 1984 and was ordained a priest on 16 August 1986.

Fr Edwards has since worked as a teacher, novice master and lecturer in Melbourne. In 2010 he became rector of Iona College in Brisbane. Between 2001-2012, Fr Edwards served as counsellor of the Australian Province of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

Keynote: The Unity between what we believe and how we live

The new ways of thinking about ‘why’ we educate at their deepest level come out of our new ways of experiencing our world.  Pope Francis has suggested that we are not in an era of change but rather a change of era.  In this new era, we face a different world to our ancestors and understand it differently to the way they did.  Charles Taylor explains that we now live in an immanent world, in an age of authenticity, there is an ‘unbundling’ around identities and there is a thirst for wholeness, both for personally and in terms of the planet.  There are strong cross-currents pulling us and our western world in multiple directions.  This world with its many seekers is an opportunity. Our challenge is to respond with a unity between what we believe and how we live.  This requires faith, thought, courage, energy and great initiative. The integrated drive for a new way of relating with others and care of our world is a very appropriate and powerful missionary response to the current world. The response of Laudato Si is this ecological conversion as called for by JP2 which means seeing “creation” and living a life where “the glory of God” is the priority that puts everything else into its proper place.