Church leader named after 9 months

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Praise the Lord – after nine months, a new parish priest has been appointed for the Queenstown Catholic community.

Father Tony Harrison, from the South Otago parish, leaves his Milton base to reside at Queenstown’s St Joseph’s at the end of the month.

He fills the position left open by Father Martin Flannery, who was shifted to Invercargill’s St Patrick’s in April last year. Temporary priests have filled the vacancy since then.

Ordained in 1972, Father Tony has spent his vocation within the Dunedin Diocese – previously based at Oamaru, Invercargill, Alexandra and 14 years at Dunedin Cathedral.

He’s also a chaplain for the 4th Otago-Southland Battalion, which has seen him deployed to Burnham Military Camp as well as the Solomon Islands and Antarctica.

Father Tony says he’s looking forward to his new posting and the challenges that come with it: “Every place I make home where I am.”

His first service at St Joseph’s will be on February 1.