Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes
|Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes
Sacred Heart cathedral in Broken Hill; consecrated in 1905
|Territory||Far West region of New South Wales|
|Metropolitan||Archdiocese of Sydney|
|Area||414,398 km2 (160,000 sq mi)|
|(as of 2004)
35,904 ( 30.4%)
|Established||10 May 1887 as the Diocese of Wilcania; 28 July 1917 as the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes|
|Cathedral||Sacred Heart, Broken Hill|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||George Cardinal Pell|
|Vicar General||Kevin Michael Manning|
|Emeritus Bishops||Christopher Henry Toohey|
|Catholic Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes|
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes is a suffragan Latin Rite diocese of the Archdiocese of Sydney, established in 1887, initially as the Diocese of Wilcannia, and then changed to the current name in 1917. The diocese covers the Far West region of New South Wales in Australia.
In 1887 the Diocese of Wilcannia was erected by Pope Leo XIII from territory from the three now-neighbouring dioceses: Armidale, Bathurst, and Goulburn (now Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese), making it one of the oldest dioceses in Australia. The name of the diocese was changed in 1917 to the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes to take account of the geographic centre of the large rural diocese, as well as population growth in the area of Forbes and neighbouring Parkes. The bishop's office is in Forbes.
On 9 June 2009, Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Bishop Christopher Toohey due to reasons of personal health. In April 2011, Bishop Toohey released a personal statement admitting that his behaviour during the early years of his ministry with young adults in his pastoral care was "not consistent with that required of a good person". Although the specific behaviours were not mentioned, the church stated that any acts were not criminal in nature. To date, Bishop Toohey is the most senior member of the church to admit to inappropriate behaviour with young adults. The Pope appointed Sydney auxiliary bishop Terence Brady as apostolic administrator from 2009 until 2011. In 2011 the Bishop Emeritus of Parramatta, Kevin Michael Manning, was appointed to succeed Brady.
Bishop of Wilcannia and Bishops of Wilcannia-Forbes
The following individual was elected as Bishop of Wilcannia:
Order Name Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end 1 John Dunne 13 May 1887 25 December 1916 29 years, 226 days Died in office
The following individuals have been elected as Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes:
Order Name Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end 1 William Hayden 13 March 1918 11 February 1930 11 years, 335 days Elevated as Archbishop of Hobart 2 Thomas Martin Fox 9 June 1931 10 July 1967 36 years, 31 days Died in office 3 Douglas Joseph Warren 26 September 1967 30 March 1994 26 years, 185 days Retired and appointed Bishop Emeritus of Wilcannia-Forbes 4 Barry Francis Collins 30 March 1994 15 November 2000 6 years, 230 days Died in office 5 Christopher Henry Toohey 9 July 2001 9 June 2009 7 years, 335 days Resigned and appointed Bishop Emeritus of Wilcannia-Forbes
In absence of an elected Bishop, the following individuals have been appointed as Apostolic Administrator of Wilcannia-Forbes:
- Terence John Gerard Brady - Apostolic Administrator (2009-2011)
- Kevin Michael Manning - Apostolic Administrator (2011- )
Sacred Heart Cathedral, Broken Hill has been the cathedral of the diocese since 1905, though the bishops of Wilcannia had their residence in Broken Hill since 1889. The cathedral parish has some 5,500 parishioners, most of whom live in Broken Hill.
|Bogan Gate||All Saints|
|Bourke||Holy Spirit and St Ignatius|
|Broken Hill||Sacred Heart Cathedral||1905|
|Cobar||St Laurence O'Toole|
|Dareton||St Maria Goretti|
|Forbes||St Laurence O'Toole|
|Cobar||St John Vianney|
|Hillston||Our Lady of Good Counsel|
|Ivanhoe||St Laurence O'Toole|
|Narromine||Blessed Sacrament and St Augustine|
|North Broken Hill||Ss Peter and Paul|
|Peak Hill||St James|
|Wentworth||St Francis Xavier|
With 414,398 square kilometres (160,000 sq mi) in its territory, the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes is the largest diocese in New South Wales. More than half of the State is part of its territory. The Diocese comprises the territory in New South Wales west of a line from the River Murray 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) west of Tocumwal, to the Murrumbidgee River near Darlington Point, to the Lachlan River 32 kilometres (20 mi) down from Euabalong but excluding the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area; thence to the eastern boundary by the Lachlan River including the whole of the Forbes Shire. The eastern boundary is the Eurow-Nyrang Mountains, the Harvey Range, a line from the junction of the Brummagen Creek and the Macquarie River to a point on the Macquarie River 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) north of Warren, thence north in a straight line crossing the Barwon River, 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) west of Walgett, to the Queensland border, including Carinda, Lightning Ridge and Goodooga.
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- "Bishop Manning new Administrator for Wilcannia-Forbes". News. Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
- "Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2007.
- "The Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes Parishes". Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes. 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
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