Roman Catholic Diocese of Townsville

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Diocese of Townsville
Dioecesis Tovnsvillensis
StateLibQld 1 65191 Sacred Heart Cathedral in Townsville, 1903.jpg
Sacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville,
taken in 1903 after Cyclone Leonta
Country Australia
Territory North Queensland
Ecclesiastical province Province of Brisbane
Metropolitan Brisbane
Coordinates 19°15′32″S 146°48′42″E / 19.25889°S 146.81167°E / -19.25889; 146.81167
Area 435,200 km2 (168,000 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
Increase 252,289
Increase 74,084 (Increase 29.4%%)
Parishes Decrease 27
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 12 February 1930
Cathedral Sacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Tim Harris
Catholic Diocese of Townsville

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Townsville is a suffragan Latin Rite diocese of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, erected in 1930, covering North Queensland, Australia.



The following individuals have been elected as Roman Catholic Bishops of Townsville:[1]

Order Name Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 Terence Bernard McGuire 12 February 1930 14 June 1938 8 years, 122 days Appointed Bishop of Goulburn
2 Hugo Edward Ryan 13 July 1938 14 September 1967 29 years, 63 days Retired and appointed Bishop Emeritus of Townsville
3 Leonard Anthony Faulkner 14 September 1967 2 September 1983 15 years, 353 days Elevated as Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide
4 Raymond Conway Benjamin 14 February 1984 18 April 2000 16 years, 64 days Retired and appointed Bishop Emeritus of Townsville
5 Michael Ernest Putney 24 January 2001 28 March 2014 13 years, 53 days Died while still in office
6 Timothy James Harris 3 May 2017[2] incumbent


The diocese is divided into four separate deaneries that administer individual parishes:[3]

  1. Townsville deanery with regular liturgical services held in Sacred Heart Cathedral, North Ward (St Joseph's), Cranbrook (Holy Spirit), Deeragun (St Anthony), Gulliver (Holy Family), Kirwan (The Good Shepherd), Magnetic Island (St Joan of Arc), Mundingburra (Blessed Mary MacKillop), Railway Estate (St Francis), South Townsville (St Patrick), West Townsville (St Mary), and Wulguru (St Joseph the Worker)
  2. Northern deanery with regular liturgical services held in Abergowrie (St Theresa), Halifax (St Peter), Ingham (St Patrick), and Palm Island (St Anne)
  3. Southern deanery with regular liturgical services held in Ayr (Sacred Heart), Bowen (St Mary), Burdekin Valley (St Joseph), Cannonvale (St Martin), Collinsville (Our Lady of Lourdes), Giru (St Joseph), Home Hill (St Colman), and Proserpine (St Catherine)
  4. Western deanery with regular liturgical services held in Charters Towers (St Columba), Cloncurry (St Colman), Hughenden (Sacred Heart), Julia Creek (Holy Rosary), McKinlay (Our Lady of the Way), Mount Isa (Good Shepherd), Richmond (St Brigid), and Winton (St Patrick)


Schools within the diocese include:[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Diocese of Townsville". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Diocesean profile: Parishes". Diocese of Townsville. 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Considering a Catholic school for your child?" (PDF). Catholic Education in the Diocese of Townsville. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 

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