Most Reverend Brian Finnigan DD, Apostolic Administrator
Brian Vincent Finnigan was born on 25 August 1938 at Port Fairy, Victoria. He is the youngest of twelve children, seven girls and five boys, of John Joseph Finnigan and Elizabeth Dorothy Russell.
Bishop Finnigan was educated at Toolong State School and St Patrick's College, Ballarat.
His studies for the priesthood began at Corpus Christi College, Werribee in 1963 and, from 1967, continued at Corpus Christi College, Glen Waverley.
He was ordained to the Priesthood on 23 May 1970 for the Diocese of Ballarat.
Postgraduate studies, commenced in 1977, were undertaken at The Catholic University of America, (Master of Church Administration), St Paul University, Ottawa, Canada (Licentiate in Canon Law and Master in Canon Law), [1990-1991].
In 1998 he was asked by the Australian Bishops conference to take up the position of General Secreatary to the Conference, a position he held until his nomination as Auxiliary Bishop to the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
On the 2/5/2011 Bishop Finnigan was named Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Toowoomba by Pope Benedict XVI upon the retirement of Bishop Morris. He will be Administrator until the 11 July 2012 when Mons Robert McGuckin is ordained Bishop of Toowoomba.
(Biography and photo used with permission from the Brisbane Archdiocese.)