Bishop Colin Campbell has announced the appointment of Fr Michael Dooley as vicar general of Dunedin diocese, The Tablet reported.
The previous Dunedin vicar general, Msgr Paul Mahoney, died late last year.
Since 2008, Fr Dooley has been parish priest of Mosgiel and Green Island parishes. He was previously a spiritual director at the national seminary.
According to The Tablet report, the position of vicar general carries with it the title “Monsignor”. But Fr Michael has expressed a preference for that title to be limited to some formal occasions.
“In most situations, he will continue to be known as Fr Michael,” The Tablet stated.