Roman Catholic Diocese of Broome
|Diocese of Broome
|Territory||Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia|
|Ecclesiastical province||Province of Perth|
|Metropolitan||Archdiocese of Perth|
|Area||773,000 km2 (298,000 sq mi)|
|(as of 2006)
13,402 ( 38.3%)
|Established||10 May 1887 as Vicariate Apostolic of Kimberley
7 June 1966 as Diocese of Broome
|Cathedral||Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral, Broome|
|Bishop||Christopher Alan Saunders|
|Emeritus Bishops||John Jobst, SAC|
|Catholic Diocese of Broome|
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.
The following individuals have been appointed Apostolic Vicar or elected as Roman Catholic Bishop of Broome or any of its precursor titles:
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
- Balgo-Kutjungka (St Theresa)
- Broome (Our Lady Queen of Peace)
- Dampier Peninsula with churches in Beagle Bay (Sacred Heart) and Lombadina (Christ the King)
- Derby (Our Lady of the Holy Rosary) and Fitzroy Crossing (St Francis)
- Halls Creek (St Mary)
- Kalumburu (Our Lady of the Assumption)
- Kununurra (St Vincent Pallotti)
- La Grange-Bidyadanda (St John the Baptist)
- Wyndham (Queen of Apostles)
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