A BRISBANE Catholic priest has been named as central Queensland's new bishop.
Pope Francis has named Father Michael McCarthy as the 10th Bishop of Rockhampton.
He will replace Brian Heenan, who headed the diocese from 1991 until his retirement last year.
Father McCarthy has been based in Brisbane, where he has been as a parish priest, seminary rector, vicar for clergy and director of church life and ministry.
Diocesan administrator the Very Rev Fr John Grace said the new bishop has "an engaging personality, a dynamic spirit and appealing zeal".
"He will be a great asset to the Diocese of Rockhampton and will build on the wonderful spirit created by Bishop Brian Heenan," he said.
Bishop Michael will be ordained at St Joseph's Cathedral on May 29.