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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hobart

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Archdiocese of Hobart

Archidioecesis Hobartensis
Ecclesiastical provinceImmediately exempt to the Holy See
Coordinates42°53′09″S 147°19′35″E / 42.88583°S 147.32639°E / -42.88583; 147.32639
Area67,914 km2 (26,222 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2021)
Increase 541,760
Increase 92,680 (Steady 17.1%)
ParishesDecrease 27
DenominationCatholic Church
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established5 April 1842 as the
Vicariate Apostolic of Hobart;
22 April 1842 as the
Diocese of Hobart;
3 August 1888 as the Archdiocese of Hobart
CathedralSt Mary's Cathedral, Hobart
Patron saintSt. Patrick
Current leadership
ArchbishopJulian Porteous

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

Immediately exempt 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 22 April 1842. On 3 August 1888 as the Archdiocese of Hobart.



The following individuals have been appointed as 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 † 11 February 1930 2 October 1936 6 years, 234 days Died in office
6 Justin Simonds 18 February 1937 6 September 1942 5 years, 200 days Appointed as Coadjutor Archbishop of Melbourne
7 Ernest Victor Tweedy † 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 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 17 September 2013 present 10 years, 299 days Incumbent

The above table also includes coadjutors, all of whom later served in this see. There was another coadjutor, with appointment not taking effect: Thomas Butler †, appointed Coadjutor Bishop on 13 Mar 1860.

Other priests of this diocese who became bishops




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



Southern Tasmania

Parish Location Church name Image
Bellerive-Lindisfarne Parish Bellerive Corpus Christi
Lindisfarne Church of the Incarnation
Rokeby John Paul II
Bridgewater-Brighton Parish Bridgewater St Paul's
Pontville St Matthew's
Cathedral Parish Hobart St Mary's Cathedral
New Town Sacred Heart
Central Tasmania Parish New Norfolk St Peter's
Ouse Immaculate Conception
Bothwell St Andrew's
Tunnack St Brigid's
Ellendale St Colman's
Oatlands St Paul's
Claremont Parish Claremont St Bernard's
Glenorchy Parish Glenorchy St John's
Chigwell St Monica's
Hobart Parish Hobart St Joseph's
Huon Valley Parish Cygnet St James
Geeveston St Joseph
Ranelagh St Mary of the Cross Catholic Church
Dover St Mary Our Hope
Kingston Channel Parish Kingston Beach Christ the Priest
Kettering Church of the Holy Spirit
Kingston St Aloysius
Alonnah St Brendans
Snug St Mary's
Moonah-Lutana Parish Moonah St Therese's
Richmond Parish Richmond St John the Evangelist
Dodges Ferry Community Centre Hall
Triabunna St Anne's
Dunalley St Martin's (Anglican)[clarification needed]
Colebrook St Patrick's
Sorell St Thomas'
Sandy Bay Parish Sandy Bay Holy Spirit
St Canice
Taroona St Pius X
South Hobart Parish South Hobart St Francis Xavier's

Northern Tasmania

Parish Location Church name Image
Campbell Town Parish Campbell Town St Michael's
Swansea Our Lady of the Perpetual Succour
Ross Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
Flinders Island Parish Whitemark St Paul's
George Town Parish George Town Our Lady Star of the Sea
Karoola Sacred Heart
Lilydale St Anne's
Kings Meadows Parish Youngtown St Peter's
Longford St Augustine's
Launceston Parish Launceston Church of the Apostles
West Launceston Carmelite Monastery
Newstead Sacred Heart
Invermay St Finn Barr's
Prospect Vale St Patrick's College Chapel
Meander Valley Parish Westbury Holy Trinity
Deloraine Holy Redeemer
Scottsdale Parish Scottsdale St Patrick's
Ringarooma Sacred Heart
Bridport St Mary's
St Mary's Parish Bicheno Bicheno Community Church
St Marys St Mary of the Assumption
Mangana Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
St Helens St Helena & St Stanislaus
Fingal St Joseph's
West Tamar Parish Riverside St Francis of Assisi
Glengarry St Canice
Beaconsfield St Francis Xavier

North Western Tasmania

Parish Location Church name
Burnie-Wynyard Parish Burnie St Mary's Star of the Sea
Marist Regional College Chapel
Somerset Sacred Heart
Wynyard St Brigid's
Yolla St Joseph's
Circular Head Parish Smithton St Peter Chanel
Stanley Our Star of the Sea
King Island Parish Currie, King Island Our Lady Star of the Sea
Mersey Leven Parish Devonport Our Lady of Lourdes
Sheffield Holy Cross Church
Ulverstone Sacred Heart
Port Sorell St Joseph's Mass Centre
Penguin St Mary's
Latrobe St Patrick's
West Coast Parish Queenstown St Joseph's
Strahan Holy Trinity (Anglican)[clarification needed]
Zeehan St Fursaeus
Rosebery St Joseph's



Notre Dame Priory is a Benedictine monastery in Colebrook, Tasmania, Australia, founded in 2017 which is part of the Archdiocese.



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 complaint was ultimately withdrawn.[5]

It has been reported that, "The real problem with the Porteous case was that it was unresolved".[6]

See also



  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. ^ Staff Writers (13 November 2015). "Anti-discrimination commissioner notifies archbishop of possible breach of the law". Catholic Weekly.
  5. ^ "Anti-discrimination complaint 'an attempt to silence' the Church". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  6. ^ Merritt, Chris (6 July 2019). "In the fallout of Folau, an opportunity to prevent another Porteous case". The Australian.