Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hobart

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Archdiocese of Hobart
Archidioecesis Hobartensis
Archdiocese of Hobart.jpg
Country  Australia
Territory Tasmania
Ecclesiastical province Hobart
Coordinates 42°53′09″S 147°19′35″E / 42.88583°S 147.32639°E / -42.88583; 147.32639
Area 67,914 km2 (26,222 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2016)
Increase 509,965
Decrease 79,454 (Decrease 15.6%)
Parishes Decrease 27
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 5 April 1842 as the
Vicariate Apostolic of Hobart;
22 April 1842 as the
Diocese of Hobart;
3 August 1888 as the Archdiocese of Hobart
Cathedral St Mary's Cathedral, Hobart
Patron saint St Patrick
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Julian Porteous

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hobart is a Latin Church archdiocese of the Catholic Church in Australia located in Hobart and covering Tasmania, Australia.

Immediately subject to the Holy See, the area covered was initially administered by the Vicariate Apostolic of New Holland and Van Diemen’s Land. In 1842, the Vicariate Apostolic of Hobart was erected; elevated as a Diocese a few weeks later; and as an Archdiocese in 1888.

St Mary's Cathedral is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Hobart, currently Julian Porteous.


Established 5 April 1842 as the Vicariate Apostolic of Hobart and became Diocese of Hobart on the 22 April 1842. On the 3 August 1888 as the Archdiocese of Hobart.


The following individuals have been appointed as Roman Catholic Bishops of Hobart or any of its precursor titles:[1]

Order Name Title Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 Robert Willson Bishop of Hobart 22 April 1842 16 February 1866 23 years, 300 days Resigned and appointed Bishop Emeritus of Hobart
2 Daniel Murphy † Coadjutor Bishop of Hobart 14 November 1865 8 March 1866 114 days Succeeded as Bishop of Hobart
Bishop of Hobart 8 March 1866 3 August 1888 22 years, 148 days Elevated as Archbishop of Hobart
Archbishop of Hobart 3 August 1888 29 December 1907 19 years, 148 days Died in office
3 Patrick Delany † Coadjutor Archbishop of Hobart 15 June 1893 29 December 1907 14 years, 197 days Succeeded as Archbishop of Hobart
Archbishop of Hobart 29 December 1907 7 May 1926 18 years, 129 days Died in office
4 William Barry † Coadjutor Archbishop of Hobart 7 April 1919 8 May 1926 7 years, 31 days Succeeded as Archbishop of Hobart
Archbishop of Hobart 8 May 1926 13 June 1929 3 years, 36 days Died in office
5 William Hayden † Archbishop of Hobart 11 February 1930 2 October 1936 6 years, 234 days Died in office
6 Justin Simonds Archbishop of Hobart 18 February 1937 6 September 1942 5 years, 200 days Appointed as Coadjutor Archbishop of Melbourne
7 Ernest Victor Tweedy † Archbishop of Hobart 7 December 1942 20 September 1955 12 years, 287 days Resigned and appointed Archbishop Emeritus of Hobart
8 Guilford Clyde Young Coadjutor Archbishop of Hobart 10 October 1954 20 September 1955 345 days Succeeded as Archbishop of Hobart
Archbishop of Hobart 20 September 1955 16 March 1988 32 years, 178 days Died in office
9 Eric D'Arcy Archbishop of Hobart 24 October 1988 26 July 1999 10 years, 275 days Retired and appointed Archbishop Emeritus of Hobart
10 Adrian Leo Doyle Coadjutor Archbishop of Hobart 10 November 1997 26 July 1999 1 year, 258 days Succeeded as Archbishop of Hobart
Archbishop of Hobart 26 July 1999 19 July 2013 13 years, 358 days Retired
11 Julian Porteous Archbishop of Hobart 17 September 2013 present 4 years, 178 days Incumbent


St Mary's Cathedral, Hobart is the cathedral for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hobart.


Southern Tasmania[edit]

Bellerive-Lindisfarne Parish[edit]

Corpus Christi – BELLERIVE

Church of the Incarnation – LINDISFARNE

John Paul II – ROKEBY

Bridgewater-Brighton Parish[edit]


St Matthew's – PONTVILLE

Cathedral Parish[edit]

St Mary's CathedralHOBART

Sacred Heart – NEW TOWN

Central Tasmania Parish[edit]

St Peter's – NEW NORFOLK

Immaculate Conception – OUSE

St Andrew's – BOTHWELL

St Brigid's – TUNNACK

St Colman's – ELLENDALE

St Paul's – OATLANDS

Claremont Parish[edit]

St Bernard's – CLAREMONT

Glenorchy Parish[edit]


St Monica's – CHIGWELL

Hobart Parish[edit]

St Joseph's – HOBART

Huon Valley Parish[edit]

St James – CYGNET


St Mary of the Cross Catholic Church – RANELAGH

St Mary Our Hope – DOVER

Kingston Channel Parish[edit]

Christ the Priest – KINGSTON BEACH

Church of the Holy Spirit – KETTERING

St Aloysius – KINGSTON

St Brendans – ALONNAH

St Mary's – SNUG

Moonah-Lutana Parish[edit]

St Therese's – MOONAH

Richmond Parish[edit]

St John the Evangelist – RICHMOND

Community Centre Hall – DODGES FERRY


St Martin's (Anglican) – DUNALLEY

St Patrick's – COLEBROOK

St Thomas' – SORELL

Sandy Bay Parish[edit]

Holy Spirit – SANDY BAY

St Canice – SANDY BAY


South Hobart Parish[edit]

St Francis Xavier's – SOUTH HOBART

Northern Tasmania[edit]

Campbell Town Parish[edit]

St Michael's – CAMPBELL TOWN

Our Lady of the Perpetual Succour – SWANSEA

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart – ROSS

Flinders Island Parish[edit]


George Town Parish[edit]

Our Lady Star of the Sea – GEORGE TOWN

Sacred Heart – KAROOLA

St Anne's – LILYDALE

Kings Meadows Parish[edit]

St Peter's – YOUNGTOWN

St Augustine's – LONGFORD

Launceston Parish[edit]

Church of the Apostles – LAUNCESTON

Carmelite Monastery – WEST LAUNCESTON

Sacred Heart – NEWSTEAD

St Finn Barr's – INVERMAY

St Patrick's College Chapel – PROSPECT VALE

Meander Valley Parish[edit]

Holy Trinity – WESTBURY

Holy Redeemer – DELORAINE

Scottsdale Parish[edit]

St Patrick's – SCOTTSDALE

Sacred Heart – RINGAROOMA

St Mary's – BRIDPORT

St Mary's Parish[edit]

Bicheno Community Church – BICHENO

St Mary of the Assumption – ST MARYS

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart – MANGANA

St Helena & St Stanislaus – ST HELENS

St Joseph's – FINGAL

West Tamar Parish[edit]

St Francis of Assisi – RIVERSIDE


St Francis Xavier – BEACONSFIELD

North Western Tasmania[edit]

Burnie-Wynyard Parish[edit]

St Mary's Star of the Sea – BURNIE

Marist Regional College Chapel – Burnie

Sacred Heart – SOMERSET

St Brigid's – WYNYARD

St Joseph's – YOLLA

Circular Head Parish[edit]

St Peter Chanel – SMITHTON

Our Star of the Sea – STANLEY

King Island Parish[edit]

Our Lady Star of the Sea – CURRIE KING ISLAND

Mersey Leven Parish[edit]

Our Lady of Lourdes – DEVONPORT

Holy Cross Church – SHEFFIELD

Sacred Heart – ULVERSTONE

St Joseph's Mass Centre – PORT SORELL

St Mary's – PENGUIN

St Patrick's – LATROBE

West Coast Parish[edit]

St Joseph's – QUEENSTOWN

Holy Trinity (Anglican) – STRAHAN

St Fursaeus – ZEEHAN

St Joseph's – ROSEBERY


In 2007 Gregory Ferguson, a Marist priest, was sentenced to two years jail (eligible for parole after 12 months) for offences in 1971 against two boys aged 13 at Marist College, Burnie, Tasmania. On 13 December 2007 he was sentenced to an additional three years' jail for offences against a third boy.[2]

While in 2008, a jury found former priest Roger Michael Bellemore guilty on three counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person under the age of 17 years in the 1960s and 1970s, while he was at the same College.[3]

In 2015, Archbishop Julian Porteous was notified that a complaint had been filed with the office of Tasmania's Anti-discrimination Commissioner in relation to the distribution in all Tasmanian Catholic schools of a booklet, Don't Mess with Marriage, stating marriage should be a "heterosexual union between a man and a woman" and changing the law would endanger a child's upbringing. The complaint was filed by a transgender activist and Federal Greens candidate Martine Delaney. The complaint was called "'an attempt to silence' the Church over same-sex marriage" by Archbishop Porteous.[4] The complaint was treated as a possible breach of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 (Tas), and sparked fierce debate on the issues of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and tolerance. The frivolous complaint was ultimately withdrawn.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Hobart". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Pedophile may get parole after one year's prison". CathNews. Australia. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Guilty verdict for former priest". ABC News. Australia. 12 February 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Anti-discrimination commissioner notifies archbishop of possible breach of the law."The Catholic Weekly (Australia), 13 November 2015; retrieved 4 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Anti-discrimination complaint 'an attempt to silence' the Church". 28 September 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 

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