"Part of the Holy Father's vision in his quest for unity is that the priests of the Ordinariate and the local diocese should work alongside each other to grow God's Kingdom and bring others to salvation.
"What greater sign of this sharing the task can there be than for priests of the Archdiocese and the Ordinariate to be ordained side by side? One Church, one priesthood, one mission, but enriching the tapestry of the Catholic Church by our bringing our own liturgy and spirituality to be shared by all.
"As Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, I wish to thank Archbishop Hart and Bishop Elliott for ordaining our candidates to the diaconate and priesthood on my behalf.
"Today is a historic moment for the Church in Melbourne, unity is a step closer, and so we rejoice. Thank you all for being here and please continue to pray for us in our mission and ministry."