Roman Catholic Diocese of Lismore

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Diocese of Lismore
Dioecesis Lismorensis
Country  Australia
Territory North Coast, New South Wales
Metropolitan Lismore
Coordinates 28°48′14″S 153°16′58″E / 28.80389°S 153.28278°E / -28.80389; 153.28278
Area 28,660 km2 (11,070 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
Increase 441,734
Decrease 105,609[1] (Decrease 23.9%)
Parishes Steady 28
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 5 May 1887 as the Diocese of Grafton and renamed 13 June 1900
Cathedral St. Carthages Cathedral, Lismore
Patron saint St. Carthage
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Gregory Homeming
Metropolitan Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP
Emeritus Bishops John Steven Satterthwaite
Map of the Diocese of Lismore
Map of the Diocese of Lismore
Diocese of Lismore

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lismore is a suffragan Latin Rite diocese of the Archdiocese of Sydney, established in 1887, initially as the Diocese of Grafton, and then changed to the current name in 1900. The diocese cover the North Coast region of New South Wales in Australia.


Bishop of Grafton[edit]

The following individual has been elected as Roman Catholic Bishop of Grafton:[1]

Order Name Date installed Term ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 Jeremiah Joseph Doyle 13 May 1887 4 June 1909 22 years, 22 days Died in office

Bishops of Lismore[edit]

The following individuals have been elected as Roman Catholic Bishop of Lismore:[1]

Order Name Date installed Term ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 John Carroll 2 December 1909 8 May 1949 39 years, 157 days Died in office
2 Patrick Joseph Farrelly 8 May 1949 1 September 1971 22 years, 116 days Retired and was appointed Bishop Emeritus of Lismore
3 John Steven Satterthwaite 1 September 1971 1 December 2001 30 years, 91 days Retired and was appointed Bishop Emeritus of Lismore
4 Geoffrey Jarrett 1 December 2001 22 February 2017 15 years, 83 days Retired and was appointed Bishop Emeritus of Lismore[2]
5 Greg Homeming 22 February 2017 present   n/a


The Cathedral of St Carthage's was commissioned by Bishop Jeremiah Doyle, circa 1890. Designed in 1892 by Herbert Wardell (the son of notable Anglo – Australian architect and civil engineer William Wardell), the cathedral is modelled in gothic revival style. The foundation stone was laid in 1892 and construction began in early 1904, with the sanctuary, transepts and nave completed by mid-1907 when the first liturgical mass was held. A public appeal was held to raise £2,000 for the peal of twelve bells from Dublin, that were installed in the bell tower by 1911. A large pipe organ completed the project and in 1919, with all debts dissolved, St Carthage's Cathedral received its solemn dedication by the Apostolic Delegate, Archbishop Cattaneo.[3]

In 2007 the cathedral was seriously damaged by hail storms in the region.[4][5][6] An appeal to restore the cathedral commenced in 2007, with initial plans to construct the spire initially designed by Wardell.[3] However, when commissioning the works in 2009, the main focus of the project was on roof slates, stained glass windows, and lead downpipes; with completion of the stone steeple ruled out.[6][7]

Other information[edit]

The Catholic Education Office which is responsible for 46 co-educational schools in the Diocese, is located in Lismore.[8] The Aboriginal Catholic Ministry is located in Macksville. The Diocese also offers a number of health and aged care services ranging from child care to nursing homes to natural family planning services.[9]

The Diocese also has a community of Marist Brothers, another of Presentation Sisters and a convent of Carmelite Nuns.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Diocese of Lismore". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. Retrieved 9 May 2009. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b Jarrett, Geoffrey (22 February 2007). "On the Centenary of St Carthage's Cathedral: A pastoral letter" (PDF). Lismore Diocese. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Locals count cost after Lismore hail storm". ABC News. Australia. 10 October 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Ramachandran, Arjun (10 October 2007). "Hailstorm lashes Lismore". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Feain, Dominic (16 April 2010). "Cathedral hits new safety heights". Northern Star. Australia. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Essential Renovation and Conservation Work Commenced on St. Carthage's Cathedral". Catholic Diocese of Lismore, NSW (Press release). Australia. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Catholic Education in the Diocese of Lismore". Lismore Catholic Education Office. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Health and Aged Care Services". Diocese of Lismore. Retrieved 8 May 2009. 

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