Bishop David Walker was ordained Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay (Northern Sydney, Peninsula and NSW Central Coast Regions) on 3 September 1996. He retired on 13 November 2013.
For seventeen years, Bishop David Walker served as the chief pastor to the people of the Diocese of Broken Bay. Bishop David officially retired as Bishop of Broken Bay on Wednesday, 13 November 2013, when the Holy Father, Pope Francis, accepted his resignation, upon having reached his 75th birthday.
Bishop David's deep love and interest in spirituality formed the backbone of his commitment to promoting a truly Australian spirituality and the fostering of theological and spiritual education.
Bishop David’s ongoing support for furthering the serious theological study and adult faith formation to the wider Catholic community led to the development and founding of the Catholic Correspondence Centre, The Centre for Christian Spirituality and The Broken Bay Institute.
A prominent speaker, Bishop David has published extensively on faith renewal, spirituality, mysticism, the formation of clergy and Church leadership. Amongst many positions held, Bishop David has most recently served as Chair of the Australian Catholic Bishops Commission for Church Ministry and was a Member of the Bishops Commission for Health and Community Services.
His promotion of lectio divina
through new media has taken the Word of God into the hearts and homes of people throughout Australia and the world.
He has retired to a unit in Chatswood and continues to be a part of the life of the Church, albeit at a more relaxed pace.