Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Perth

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Archdiocese of Perth
Archidioecesis Perthensis
Perth catholic COA.png
Coat of Arms of the Archdiocese of Perth, Western Australia
Country Australia
Territory Greater Perth, Goldfields-Esperance, Peel, Wheatbelt regions of Western Australia, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Ecclesiastical province Perth
Area 427,377 km2 (165,011 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
Increase 1,427,956
Increase 380,010 (Decrease 26.6%)
Parishes Steady 103
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 6 May 1845 as
Diocese of Perth;
28 August 1913 as Archdiocese of Perth
Cathedral Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (St Mary's), Perth
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop of Perth Timothy Costelloe
Auxiliary Bishops Donald Sproxton
Emeritus Bishops Barry Hickey

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Perth is a Latin Church metropolitan archdiocese of the Catholic Church in Australia covering the Greater Perth, Goldfields-Esperance, Peel and Wheatbelt regions of Western Australia.

St Mary's Cathedral located in Perth is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Perth, currently Timothy Costelloe, appointed in February 2012.[1][2][3][4][5]


On 6 May 1845 the Diocese of Perth was erected in an area covered and administered previously by the Archdiocese of Sydney.

It lost territory repeatedly, to establish on 12 March 1867 the Benedictine Territorial Abbacy of New Norcia, on 10 May 1887 the Apostolic Vicariate of Kimberley in Western Australia and on 30 January 1898 the Roman Catholic Diocese of Geraldton.

It was elevated as Metropolitan archdiocese on 29 August 1913.

On 12 November 1954 it lost territory to establish the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bunbury.

In 1982 it regained former territory from the suppressed Territorial Abbacy of New Norcia.


The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, commonly called St Mary's Cathedral, is the seat of the archbishop and is located in East Perth.

During restoration work in the cathedral between 2003 and 2006, the brick and plaster crypt containing the coffins of bishops Matthew Gibney and Martin Griver was discovered by archaeologists under the floorboards of an aisle in the cathedral.[6][7]

In 2011, the remains of Perth's first bishop, John Brady, were exhumed from his grave in France and he was laid to rest in the crypt.[8]


Its Roman Catholic Ecclesiastical Province of Perth includes for the suffragan dioceses of Broome and Perth's two daughter-bishoprics, Bunbury and Geraldton.

Episcopal Incumbents[edit]

Diocesan suffragan bishops[edit]

The following individuals have been elected as Roman Catholic Archbishop of Perth, or any of its precursor titles:[9]

Order Name Title Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 John Brady Bishop of Perth 9 May 1845 3 December 1871^ 26 years, 6 months Died in office
2 Martin Griver Apostolic Administrator of Perth 1 October 1869 22 July 1873 3 years, 9 months Succeeded as Bishop of Perth
Bishop of Perth 22 July 1873 1 November 1886 13 years, 102 days Died in office
3 Matthew Gibney Coadjutor Bishop of Perth 28 September 1886 1 November 1886 34 days Succeeded as Bishop of Perth
Bishop of Perth 1 November 1886 14 May 1910 23 years, 194 days Resigned and appointed Bishop Emeritus of Perth
4 Patrick Clune, CSsR Bishop of Perth 21 December 1910 28 August 1913 2 years, 8 months Elevated as Archbishop of Perth

Metropolitan Archbishops[edit]

Order Name Title Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end
Archbishop of Perth 28 August 1913 24 May 1935 21 years, 8 months Died in office
5 Redmond Prendiville Coadjutor Archbishop of Perth 11 July 1933 24 May 1935 1 year, 10 months Elevated as Archbishop of Perth
Archbishop of Perth 24 May 1935 28 June 1968 33 years, 1 month Died in office
6 Lancelot Goody Archbishop of Perth 18 October 1968 26 October 1983 15 years Retired and appointed Archbishop Emeritus of Perth
7 William Foley Archbishop of Perth 26 October 1983 10 February 1991 7 years, 11 months Died in office
8 Barry Hickey Archbishop of Perth 23 July 1991 20 February 2012 20 years, 6 months Retired and appointed Archbishop Emeritus of Perth
9 Timothy Costelloe, SDB Archbishop of Perth 20 February 2012 present 5 years, 2 months incumbent

Auxiliary bishops[edit]

  • Coadjutor Archbishop Redmond Prendiville (1933.07.11 – 1935.05.24 see above), Titular Archbishop of Cypsela (1933.07.11 – 1935.05.24)
  • Auxiliary Bishop Lancelot John Goody (later Archbishop) (1951.08.02 – 1954.11.12 see above), Titular Bishop of Abydus (1951.08.02 – 1954.11.12), later Bishop of Bunbury (Australia) (1954.11.12 – 1968.10.18)
  • Auxiliary Bishop John Joseph Rafferty (1955.06.12 – 1962.01.06)
  • Auxiliary Bishop Myles McKeon (1962.05.23 – 1969.03.06)
  • Auxiliary Bishop Peter Quinn (1969.06.26 – 1982.05.26)
  • Auxiliary Bishop Robert Healy (1975.10.02 – 2000.10.25)
  • Coadjutor Bishop Joseph Serra y Juliá, O.S.B. (1849.08.07 – 1862.01.07)
  • Coadjutor Bishop: Bishop-elect Matthew Gibney (1886.09.28 – 1886.11.01), Titular Bishop of Hippus (1886.09.28 – 1886.11.01)
  • † = deceased
  • ^ = Bishop John Brady was suspended of his functions motu proprio in October 1851 by Pope Pius IX and Joseph Serra appointed as coadjutor bishop of Perth, reporting to the Archbishop of Sydney. Brady retained the title Bishop of Perth, although living in exile from his Diocese, until his death. Serra served as Coadjutor Bishop and Temporal Administrator of Perth from 1849 to 1851, Apostolic Administrator from 1851 to 1862. Rosendo Salvado was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Perth for three years from 1853[11] while Serra was absent in Europe.[12][13]


The archdiocese is divided into three separate deaneries that administer individual parishes covering inner metropolitan Perth, outer metropolitan Perth, and country parishes and church centres (with churches dedicated the saints as indicated).

Inner metropolitan Perth[edit]

St Patrick's Basilica, Fremantle

The inner metropolitan deanery covers the cathedral parish of Perth (St Mary); and parishes located in Applecross (St Benedict's), Attadale (St Joseph Pignatelli), Balcatta (St Lawrence and Mary Immaculate), Ballajura (St Mary Mackillop), Bassendean (St Joseph), Bateman (St Thomas More), Bayswater (St Columba), Beaconsfield (Christ the King), Bentley (Santa Clara), Canning Vale (St Emilie de Vialar), Carlisle (Holy Name), City Beach (Holy Spirit), Claremont (St Thomas the Apostle), Cloverdale, (Notre Dame), Como (Holy Family), Cottesloe/Mosman Park (St Mary Star of the Sea), Dianella (Our Lady's Assumption), Doubleview (Our Lady of the Rosary), East Fremantle (Immaculate Conception), East Victoria Park (Our Lady Help of Christians), Embleton (Holy Trinity), Floreat (St Cecilia), Fremantle (St Patrick's Basilica), Girrawheen (Our Lady of Mercy), Glendalough (St Bernadette), Hamilton Hill (Holy Cross), Highgate (Sacred Heart), Hilton (Our Lady of Mount Carmel), Joondanna (St Denis), Innaloo/Karrinyup (St Dominic), Leederville (St Mary), Lynwood (St Jude), Lockridge (Good Shepherd), Manning (St Pius X), Maylands (Queen of Martyrs), Morley (Infant Jesus), Mirrabooka (St Gerald Majella), Mt Lawley (St Paul), Myaree (Pater Noster), Nedlands (Holy Rosary), Nollamara (Our Lady of Lourdes), North Beach (Our Lady of Grace), Northbridge (St Brigid), Osborne Park (St Kieran), Palmyra (Our Lady of Fatima), Queens Park (St Joseph), Riverton (Our Lady Queen of Apostles), Rivervale (St Augustine), Scarborough (Immaculate Heart of Mary), Shenton Park (St Aloysius), South Perth (St Columba), Subiaco (St Joseph), Victoria Park (St Joachim), Willetton (Saints John and Paul), and Wilson (Our Lady of Perpetual Help).

Outer metropolitan Perth[edit]

The inner metropolitan deanery covers parishes located in Armadale (St Francis Xavier), Baldivis (Tranby College Chapel), Clarkson (St Andrew), Ellenbrook (St Helena of the Holy Cross), Gosnells (Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament), Greenmount (St Anthony), Greenwood (All Saints), Guildford (St Mary), Kalamunda (Holy Family), Kelmscott (Good Shepherd), Kwinana (St Vincent), Lesmurdie (Our Lady of Lourdes), Maddington (Holy Family), Maida Vale (St Francis of Assissi), Midland (St Brigid), Mundaring (Sacred Heart), Ocean Reef (St Simon Peter), Pickering Brook (Our Lady of Grace), Port Kennedy (St Bernadette), Rockingham (Our Lady of Lourdes), Spearwood (St Jerome), Thornlie (Sacred Heart), Wanneroo (St Anthony of Padua), Whitford (Our Lady of the Mission), Woodvale (St Luke), Yanchep (Guilderton Community Hall), and Yangebup (Mater Christi).

Country parishes and church centres[edit]

The country parishes and church centres deanery covers parishes located in

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cardy, Todd (20 February 2012). "Pope appoints new head of Catholic Church in WA". PerthNow. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Timothy Costelloe selected as Perth's Archbishop". ABC News. Australia. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Rickard, Jayne; Simpson, Gavin (8 April 2011). "Time's up for Perth Archbishop". The West Australian. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Rosengren, Peter (16 November 2011). "Brisbane's prelate is free to go! No word on Perth". The Record. Australia. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Archdiocese of Perth" (downloadable PDF) (Press release). Apostolic Nunciature in Australia. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ned Kelly's bishop's tomb found under Cathedral pews". Catholic News. 16 October 2006. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Laurie, Tiffany (14 October 2006). "Cathedral reveals the secret of its lost bishops". The West Australian. p. 3. 
  8. ^ Spinks, Bridget (13 July 2011). "Brady to join Bshops in crypt". The Record. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Cheney, David M. (18 February 2012). "Archdiocese of Perth". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Cheney, David M. (19 February 2011). "Bishop Donald George Sproxton". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  11. ^ some sources say 'from 1849'
  12. ^ "The Salvado Era: 1846 – 1900". The Story of New Norcia. New Norcia Benedictine Community. 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  13. ^ William, Dom. "Salvado, Rosendo (1814–1900)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Busher, Mary (10 January 2005). "History of the Diocese of Perth established 160 years ago". Record. Perth, Western Australia. p. 12. 
  • Winship, John A (2010). Our cathedral : a history of St Mary's Cathedral, Perth, Western Australia (paperback). Perth, Western Australia: Archdiocese of Perth. p. 240. ISBN 978-1-453-75519-8. 

Sources and External links[edit]

Coordinates: 31°57′19.58″S 115°51′55.29″E / 31.9554389°S 115.8653583°E / -31.9554389; 115.8653583