Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide
Archdiocese of Adelaide
|Area||103,600 km2 (40,000 sq mi)|
|(as of 2006)|
275,174 ( 21.3%)
|Established||5 April 1842 as Vicariate Apostolic of Adelaide|
22 April 1842 as Diocese of Adelaide
10 May 1887 as Archdiocese of Adelaide
|Cathedral||St Francis Xavier, Adelaide|
|Patron saint||St. Patrick|
|Archbishop of Adelaide||Sede vacante|
On 5 April 1842 the Apostolic Vicariate of Adelaide was erected, on territory split from the Apostolic Vicariate of New Holland and Van Diemen's Land (the later primatial Archdiocese of Sydney), both missionary pre-diocesan jurisdictions. It was promoted as the Diocese of Adelaide two weeks later on 22 April 1842, just six years after the first fleet arrived to Glenelg.
In 1845 it lost territory to establish the Apostolic Vicariate of King George Sounde - The Sound, which it recuperated in 1847 at the vicariate's suppression.
On 10 May 1887 it was promoted as the Archdiocese of Adelaide, while losing territory to establish the Roman Catholic Diocese of Port Augusta.
It had a papal visit from Pope John Paul II in November 1986.
The following individuals have been elected as Roman Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, or any of its precursor titles:
Order Name Title Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end 1 Francis Murphy (see above) † Bishop of Adelaide 22 April 1842 8 September 1844 2 years, 139 days Died in office 2 Patrick Geoghegan, Friars Minor (OFM) † Bishop of Adelaide 15 April 1859 10 March 1864 4 years, 330 days Elected as Bishop of Goulburn 3 Laurence Sheil, OFM † Bishop of Adelaide 23 June 1865 1 March 1872 6 years, 252 days Died in office 4 Christopher Reynolds † Bishop of Adelaide 25 May 1873 10 May 1887 13 years, 350 days Elevated as Archbishop of Adelaide Archbishop of Adelaide 10 May 1887 16 June 1893 6 years, 37 days Died in office 5 John O'Reily † Archbishop of Adelaide 5 January 1895 6 July 1915 20 years, 182 days Died in office 6 Robert Spence, OP † Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide 2 May 1914 6 July 1915 1 year, 65 days Succeeded as Archbishop of Adelaide Archbishop of Adelaide 6 July 1915 5 November 1934 19 years, 122 days Died in office 7 Andrew Killian † Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide 11 July 1933 5 November 1934 1 year, 117 days Succeeded as Archbishop of Adelaide Archbishop of Adelaide 5 November 1934 28 June 1939 4 years, 235 days Died in office 8 Matthew Beovich † Archbishop of Adelaide 11 December 1939 1 May 1971 31 years, 141 days Retired and appointed Archbishop Emeritus of Adelaide 9 James William Gleeson † Auxiliary Bishop of Adelaide 15 February 1957 6 July 1964 7 years, 142 days Elevated as Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide 6 July 1964 1 May 1971 6 years, 299 days Succeeded as Archbishop of Adelaide Archbishop of Adelaide 1 May 1971 19 June 1985 14 years, 49 days Resigned and appointed Archbishop Emeritus of Adelaide 10 Leonard Faulkner † Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide 2 September 1983 19 June 1985 1 year, 290 days Succeeded as Archbishop of Adelaide Archbishop of Adelaide 19 June 1985 3 December 2001 16 years, 167 days Retired and appointed Archbishop Emeritus of Adelaide 11 Philip Wilson Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide 30 November 2000 3 December 2001 1 year, 3 days Succeeded as Archbishop of Adelaide Archbishop of Adelaide 3 December 2001 30 July 2018 18 years, 75 days Resignation accepted
Note: On 3 June 2018 Pope Francis named Bishop Gregory O’Kelly, S.J. of Port Pirie as Apostolic Administrator of Adelaide. This occurred after Archbishop Philip Wilson was found guilty of abuse cover-up yet did not voluntarily resign. However, Pope Francis later accepted his letter of resignation on 30 July 2018.
Coadjutors are included in the above table.
- Francis Augustin Henschke † (1937-1939), appointed Bishop of Wagga Wagga
- Philip James Anthony Kennedy † (1973-1983)
- Gregory O’Kelly, S.J. (2006-2009), appointed Bishop of Port Pirie
Other priest of this diocese who became bishop
- Charles Victor Emmanuel Gauci, appointed Bishop of Darwin in 2018
The Adelaide Archdiocese provides pastoral care to the city of Adelaide, its surroundings, the Yorke Peninsula, the South-East of South Australia, and the Fleurieu regions, which are home of more than 280,000 Catholics (about 20 per cent of the total population), but also to people of other Christians traditions or faiths.
The Archdiocese consists of 69 parishes with approximately 130 Mass centres and communities, including:
- Aberfoyle Park
- Adelaide Hills
- Albert Park
- Brooklyn Park
- Colonel Light Gardens
- Croydon Park
- Glen Osmond
- Greenacres Walkerville
- Hallett Cove
- Henley Beach
- Kangaroo Island
- Mallee Border
- Morphett Vale
- Mount Barker
- Mount Gambier
- Murray Bridge
- Murray Mallee
- Noarlunga Seaford
- North Adelaide
- Para Hills
- Sacred Heart
- St Anns
- Tea Tree Gully
- Victor Harbour
- Yorke Peninsula
- Aboriginal Catholic Community
- African Catholic Community
- Chinese Catholic Community
- Croatian Catholic Community
- Filipino Catholic Community
- German Catholic Community
- Hungarian Catholic Community
- Korean Catholic Community
- St Ignatius, Norwood
- Latin Mass Community
- Lithuanian Catholic Community
- Maltese Catholic Community
- Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross
- Polish Catholic Community
- Slovenian Catholic Community
- Spanish Catholic Community
- Syro-Malabar Rite
- Vietnamese Catholic Community
Father Albert Davis (died 2007), a member of the Dominican Fathers, was charged in 2006 with 17 incidents of indecent assault involving seven boys at Blackfriars Priory School from 1956 to 1960. Davis was committed to stand trial in the Adelaide District Court, but he died before proceedings were commenced.
Father Charles Barnett pleaded guilty in 2009 (after extradition from Indonesia) to three child sex charges for events from 1977 to 1985 at Crystal Brook and Port Pirie.
In September 2011, Senator Nick Xenophon used parliamentary privilege to name an Adelaide priest as the alleged perpetrator of sexual assaults on John Hepworth about 50 years earlier. Senator Xenophon alleged that the Vicar-General of Adelaide, Monsignor David Cappo, had been provided with detailed allegations in 2008 but had failed to act upon them, the investigations still being "at a preliminary stage" and the priest concerned not being stood down during the investigation. An independent inquiry by Michael Abbott QC reported that there was no substance to the allegations, although had Hepworth declined to be interviewed for the inquiry.
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