Archbishop Charles D. Balvo, a native of Brooklyn and graduate of Sacred Heart School in Suffern, was appointed apostolic nuncio to Australia by Pope Francis Jan. 17.
Archbishop Balvo had served as apostolic nuncio to the Czech Republic since 2018, and also served in the same role in Kenya and South Sudan, 2013-2018, and New Zealand, 2005-2013.
Archbishop Balvo also served in Ghana, Togo and Benin in Africa, Ecuador and Chile in South America, the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and Jordan.
Archbishop Balvo, who was ordained in 1976 to serve as a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, had assignments at Sacred Heart, Newburgh, and St. John the Evangelist, Mahopac.
“I’ve seen the Church at different stages of its history in different places—different liturgical styles, different languages, different cultural elements to how the faith is lived,” he said in a 2014 CNY story. “It’s certainly given me a perspective that a lot of people don’t have the opportunity to have.”
Archbishop Balvo has returned to the archdiocese on several occasions over the years. In 2018, he was the principal celebrant of the 150th anniversary closing Mass on the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus at Sacred Heart in Suffern.
In 2015, he spoke at a Solemn Evening Prayer Service in remembrance of the Christian martyrs of Africa at Holy Family Church in Manhattan.
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