Roman Catholic Diocese of Broome

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Diocese of Broome
Dioecesis Broomensis
Location
Country  Australia
Territory Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia
Ecclesiastical province Province of Perth
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Perth
Coordinates 17°57′31″S 122°14′16″E / 17.95861°S 122.23778°E / -17.95861; 122.23778
Statistics
Area 773,000 km2 (298,000 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
Increase 35,001
Decrease 13,402 (Decrease 38.3%)
Parishes Increase 9
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 10 May 1887 as Vicariate Apostolic of Kimberley
7 June 1966 as Diocese of Broome
Cathedral Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral, Broome
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Christopher Alan Saunders
Emeritus Bishops John Jobst, SAC
Website
Catholic Diocese of Broome

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Broome is a suffragan Latin Rite diocese of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Perth, covering the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia.

Cathedral[edit]

Its cathedral episcopal see is Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral, in Broome, Western Australia.

History[edit]

On 10 May 1887, it was established initially as a Apostolic Vicariate of Kimberley in Western Australia, on territory split off from the then Diocese of Perth.

On 4 May 1910, it lost territory to establish the Mission sui juris of Drisdale River, which was later renamed Kalumburu.

On 13 November 1959, it was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Kimberleys.

It was elevated and renamed again as a diocese of Broome on 7 June 1966.

In 1980, it regained the territory of the suppressed Mission sui juris of Kalumburu.

Episcopal ordinaries[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed Apostolic Vicar or elected as Roman Catholic Bishop of Broome or any of its precursor titles:[1]

Order Name Title Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 William Bernard Kelly Vicar Apostolic of Kimberley in Western Australia 1894 1909 15 years, 0 days Resigned whilst earlier elevated as Bishop of Geraldton
2 Fulgentius Torres, OSB Vicar Apostolic of Kimberley in Western Australia 5 May 1910 6 October 1914 4 years, 154 days Died in office
3 John Creagh, CSsR Vicar Apostolic of Kimberley in Western Australia 1914 1922 8 years, 0 days Died in office
4 Ernesto Coppo, SDB Vicar Apostolic of Kimberley in Western Australia 1 December 1922 1928 5 years, 31 days Resigned and appointed Vicar Apostolic Emeritus of Kimberley in Western Australia
5 Ottone Raible, SAC Apostolic Administrator of Kimberley in Western Australia 18 January 1928 18 June 1935 7 years, 151 days Elevated as Vicar Apostolic of Kimberley in Western Australia
Vicar Apostolic of Kimberley in Western Australia 18 June 1935 12 March 1958 22 years, 267 days Resigned and appointed Vicar Apostolic Emeritus of Kimberley in Western Australia
6 John Jobst, SAC Vicar Apostolic of Kimberley in Western Australia 13 January 1959 7 June 1966 7 years, 145 days Elevated as Bishop of Broome
Bishop of Broome 7 June 1966 3 November 1995 29 years, 149 days Retired and appointed Bishop Emeritus of Broome
7 Christopher Saunders Bishop of Broome 8 February 1996 present 22 years, 131 days n/a

Parishes[edit]

The diocese has nineteen parishes with regular liturgical services held in the following locations, with churches dedicated to particular saints:[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Diocese of Broome". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 20 February 2001. Retrieved 5 January 2007. 
  2. ^ "Parish and School Directory". Catholic Diocese of Broome. Archived from the original on 8 April 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 

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