William Foley (bishop)

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The Most Reverend
William Foley
7th Roman Catholic Archbishop
Province Perth
Diocese Archdiocese of Perth
Installed 14 December 1983[1]
Term ended 10 February 1991
Predecessor Lancelot Goody
Successor Barry Hickey
Other posts Bishop of Geraldton
(1981 – 1983)
Ordination 12 September 1954 (Priest)[1]
Consecration 9 September 1981 (Bishop)[1] in St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Geraldton[2]
Personal details
Birth name William Joseph Foley
Born (1931-06-20)20 June 1931
Leonora, Western Australia[1]
Died 10 February 1991(1991-02-10) (aged 59)
Perth, Western Australia
Nationality Australian
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Occupation Roman Catholic bishop
Profession Cleric

William Joseph Foley DD (20 June 1931 in Nedlands, Western Australia - 10 February 1991 in Perth[1]), an Australian metropolitan bishop, was the seventh Roman Catholic Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Perth, Western Australia, serving from 1983 until his death in 1991. Prior to his election as Archbishop, Foley served as Bishop of Geraldton from 1981 until 1983.

Early career[edit]

Educated by the Christian Brothers at Christian Brothers' College, Perth,[3] Foley was ordained at priest by Archbishop Goody in 1954, aged 23 years.

Archbishop of Perth[edit]

Foley served as the fourth archbishop of Perth from 1983 to 1991.


A portrait of the late Archbishop hangs in Foley Hall in The University of Notre Dame, Perth campus, named in his honour in 1993. Foley's family have also established a prize, called the Foley Award in memory of the late Archbishop, given to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to service and to Notre Dame University.[4]

A retirement village in the Perth suburb of Hilton is named in honour of Foley; as well as the Foley Centre, a gymnasium complex at Trinity College, Perth.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Archbishop William Joseph Foley". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bishop William Foley". Roman Catholic Diocese of Geraldton. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Br P L O'Doherty Cultural Centre Newsletter" (PDF). Trinity College, Perth. 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Generous gift by former Dean acknowledges significant contribution to Notre Dame" (Press release). University of Notre Dame, Perth. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Winship, John A. (2010). Our Cathedral: A History of St Mary's Cathedral, Perth, Western Australia (paperback). Perth, Western Australia: Archdiocese of Perth. p. 240. ISBN 978-1-4537-5519-8. 

External links[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Francis Xavier Thomas
6th Catholic Bishop of Geraldton
1981 – 1983
Succeeded by
Barry Hickey
Preceded by
Lancelot Goody
7th Catholic Archbishop of Perth
1983 – 1991
Succeeded by
Barry Hickey