Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton

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Diocese of Rockhampton
Dioecesis Rockhamptoniensis
Country Australia
Territory Central Queensland
Ecclesiastical province Province of Brisbane
Metropolitan Brisbane
Coordinates 23°23′07″S 150°30′21″E / 23.38528°S 150.50583°E / -23.38528; 150.50583
Area 415,000 km2 (160,000 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
Increase 372,000
Increase 95,000 (Decrease 25.5%%)
Parishes Steady 39
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 29 December 1882
Cathedral St Joseph's Cathedral
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Michael McCarthy
Emeritus Bishops Brian Heenan
Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton is a suffragan Latin Church diocese of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, erected in 1882, covering Central Queensland, Australia.


The Diocese of Rockhampton was excised from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane on 29 December 1882. Prior to this, the Brisbane archdiocese had responsibility for the entire state of Queensland, but the creation of the Rockhampton diocese split the state with responsibilities for the southern part of Queensland to remain with the Brisbane archdiocese while the northern part of Queensland became the responsibility of the new Rockhampton diocese.[1][2]


The following individuals have been elected as Roman Catholic Bishops of Rockhampton:[3]

Order Name Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 John Cani 3 January 1882 3 March 1898 16 years, 59 days Died in office
2 Joseph Higgins 21 September 1899 3 March 1905 5 years, 163 days Appointed Bishop of Ballarat
3 James Duhig 16 September 1905 27 February 1912 6 years, 164 days Elevated as Coadjutor Archbishop of Brisbane
4 Joseph Shiel 19 August 1912 7 April 1931 18 years, 231 days Died in office
5 Romuald Denis Hayes, SSC 12 January 1932 25 October 1945 13 years, 286 days Died in office
6 Andrew Gerard Tynan 31 March 1946 3 June 1960 14 years, 64 days Died in office
7 Francis Roberts Rush 7 November 1960 5 March 1973 12 years, 118 days Elevated as Archbishop of Brisbane
8 Bernard Joseph Wallace 24 January 1974 8 May 1990 16 years, 104 days Resigned and appointed Bishop Emeritus of Rockhampton
9 Brian Heenan 20 November 1992 1 October 2013 24 years, 150 days Retired and appointment Bishop Emeritus of Rockhampton[4]
8 Michael McCarthy 29 May 2014 present 2 years, 325 days n/a



The diocese is divided into four separate deaneries that administer individual parishes:[5]

  1. Rockhampton deanery covering four parishes of Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, and Valleys with regular liturgical services held in the Cathedral of St Joseph, Agnes Water (St Agnes), Bargara (St James), Biloela (St Joseph), Bundaberg (Holy Rosary), Calliope (St Patrick), Emu Park (Mary Immaculate), Gladstone (Our Lady, Star of the Sea), Gracemere (St Paul), Miriam Vale (St Peter Chanel), Mount Larcom (Our Lady of Mt Carmel), Mount Morgan (Sacred Heart), Monto (St Therese), Moura (St Michael), North Rockhampton (St Mary's), Rockonia (Holy Family, and St Maria Goretti), Park Avenue (Our Lady Help of Christians), Rockhampton (St Peter), South Bundaberg (Immaculate Heart of Mary), Tannum Sands (St Peter Chanel), Theodore (Sacred Heart), Ubobo (St Mary), Wandal (St Vincent), West Bundaberg (St Patrick), Westwood (Sacred Heart), Wowan (St Anne), and Yeppoon (Sacred Heart)
  2. Central Highlands deanery covering two regions with regular liturgical services held in Blackwater (Mary Immaculate), Capella (St Joseph), Clermont (St Mary), Dingo (St Joseph), Duaringa (St Kevin), Dysart (St Therese of Lisieux), Emerald (St Patrick), Middlemount (Holy Family), Moranbah (St Joseph the Worker), Springsure (Our Lady of the Sacred Heart), Tieri (St Thomas More), and Woorabinda (St Martin de Porres)
  3. Central West deanery with regular liturgical services held in Alpha (St John the Evangelist), Aramac (St John), Barcaldine (Sacred Heart), Blackall (St Patrick), Ilfracombe (Sacred Heart), Isisford (St Joseph), Jericho (St Finnian), Jundah (St Peter), Longreach (St Brigid), Muttaburra, and Tambo (Our Lady of Victories)
  4. Mackay deanery with regular liturgical services held in Bucasia (St Brendan), Calen (St Helen), Carmila, Eton (Holy Cross), Farleigh (St Brigid), Finch Hatton (St Francis de Sales), Glenden (St Paul), Mackay (St Patrick), Marian (Holy Rosary), Midge Point (St Peter), Mirani (Immaculate Conception), Mount Charlton (Immaculate Heart of Mary), Nebo, North Mackay (St Joseph), Sarina (St Michael and St Therese), Seaforth (Star of the Sea), South Mackay (St Mary), Walkerston (St John the Apostle), and West Mackay (St Francis Xavier)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Diocese History". Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS IN QUEENSLAND.". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 21 December 1881. p. 7. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Diocese of Rockhampton". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bishop". Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton. Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Diocesean profile: Parishes". Diocese of Rockhampton. 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 

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