Roman Catholic Diocese of Parramatta

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Diocese of Parramatta
Dioecesis Parramattensis
St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta.jpg
St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta;
consecrated in 1837; devastated by fire in 1996; rededicated in 2003
Country Australia
Territory Western suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Sydney
Coordinates 33°48′29″S 151°00′16″E / 33.80806°S 151.00444°E / -33.80806; 151.00444
Area 4,289 km2 (1,656 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
Steady 924,621
Decrease 307,392 (Decrease 33.2%)
Parishes Steady 47
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 8 April 1986
Cathedral St Patrick's Cathedral
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Sede vacante
Metropolitan Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP
Apostolic Administrator Peter G. Williams
Emeritus Bishops
  • Bede Vincent Heather
  • Kevin Michael Manning
Catholic Diocese of Parramatta

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Parramatta is a suffragan Latin Church diocese of the Archdiocese of Sydney, established in 1986, covering the western suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta is the seat of the Catholic Bishop of Parramatta. The Diocese is currently sede vacante, following the 18 September 2014 appointment of Bishop Anthony Fisher, OP as Archbishop-elect of Sydney.[1]


The diocese is located in one of the fastest growing areas of New South Wales, Australia. The diocese is west of Sydney and reaches from Dundas Valley, west to Katoomba, south to Luddenham and north to Richmond. The diocese was established 8 April 1986 and by 2004 served 307,392 parishioners out of a total population of 924,621.[citation needed]

Bishops of Parramatta[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed as Roman Catholic Bishop of Parramatta:[2]

Order Name Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 Bede Vincent Heather 8 April 1986 10 July 1997 11 years, 93 days Retired and appointed Bishop Emeritus of Parramatta
2 Kevin Michael Manning 10 July 1997 8 January 2010 12 years, 182 days Retired and appointed Bishop Emeritus of Parramatta
3 Anthony Fisher, OP 8 January 2010 12 November 2014 5 years, 324 days Elevated to Archbishop of Sydney


With origins of the first Mass occurring on the present day site of the cathedral going back to 1803, St Patrick's was extensively rebuilt after a 1996 fire devastated the original church established in 1854. A tower was built on the original St Patrick's Church, which was consecrated in 1880 and blessed in 1883. A cast bronze bell was installed in the tower in 1904. As the needs of the parish grew, a new church was built on the site in 1936, incorporating the existing tower and spire. When the Diocese of Parramatta was established in 1986, St Patrick's Church was designated as St Patrick's Cathedral. The fire of 1996 completely devastated the cathedral, leaving only the bell tower and sandstone walls. A completely new cathedral was rebuilt adjacent to the historic fire ravaged site. Designed in consultation with Romaldo Giurgola, the new cathedral, completed in 2003, has won the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings from the Australian Institute of Architects.[3][4][5][6]


There are currently 49 parishes located in Diocese of Parramatta within seven deaneries.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rinunce e nomine" (Press release). Vatican Press Office. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Diocese of Parramatta". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2007. 
  3. ^ "St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta" (PDF). Cathedral Parish of Parramatta. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Crittenden, Stephen (4 December 2002). "A new cathedral for Parramatta" (transcript). The Religion Report (Australia). Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Crittenden, Stephen (3 December 2003). "New Cathedral for Parramatta (Part 2)" (transcript). The Religion Report (Australia). Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta". Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings. Australian Institute of Architects. 2003. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 

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