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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide

Archdiocese of Adelaide
Archidioecesis Adelaidensis
St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Adelaide
Country Australia
Area 103,600 km2 (40,000 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
Increase 1,290,786
Increase 275,174 (Increase 21.3%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 5 April 1842 as Vicariate Apostolic of Adelaide
22 April 1842 as Diocese of Adelaide
10 May 1887 as Archdiocese of Adelaide
Cathedral St Francis Xavier, Adelaide
Patron saint St. Patrick[1]
Current leadership
Pope Template:Incumbent pope
Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson
Emeritus Bishops Leonard Faulkner
Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide is a Latin rite metropolitan archdiocese of the Catholic Church in Australia located in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

Part of the Roman Catholic Ecclesiastical Province of Adelaide, the area covered by the Adelaide Archdiocese was initially administered by the Vicariate Apostolic of New Holland and Van Diemen’s Land. In 1842 the Vicariate Apostolic of Adelaide was erected; becoming elevated as the Diocese of Adelaide two weeks later; and then elevated as the Archdiocese of Adelaide in 1887. The Archdiocese is responsible for the suffragan dioceses of Darwin and Port Pirie.

St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Adelaide is the seat of Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, currently Philip Wilson, DD, D.Litt (honoris causa).



The following individuals have been elected as Roman Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, or any of its precursor titles:[2]

Order Name Title Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 Francis Murphy Bishop of Adelaide 22 April 1842 8 September 1844 2 years, 139 days Died in office
2 Patrick Geoghegan, OFM † Bishop of Adelaide 15 April 1859 10 March 1864 4 years, 330 days Elected as Bishop of Goulburn
3 Laurence Sheil, OFM † Bishop of Adelaide 23 June 1865 1 March 1872 6 years, 252 days Died in office
4 Christopher Reynolds Bishop of Adelaide 25 May 1873 10 May 1887 13 years, 350 days Elevated as Archbishop of Adelaide
Archbishop of Adelaide 10 May 1887 16 June 1893 6 years, 37 days Died in office
5 John O'Reily Archbishop of Adelaide 5 January 1895 6 July 1915 20 years, 182 days Died in office
6 Robert Spence, OP † Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide 2 May 1914 6 July 1915 1 year, 65 days Succeeded as Archbishop of Adelaide
Archbishop of Adelaide 6 July 1915 5 November 1934 19 years, 122 days Died in office
7 Andrew Killian Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide 11 July 1933 5 November 1934 1 year, 117 days Succeeded as Archbishop of Adelaide
Archbishop of Adelaide 5 November 1934 28 June 1939 4 years, 235 days Died in office
8 Matthew Beovich Archbishop of Adelaide 11 December 1939 1 May 1971 31 years, 141 days Retired and appointed Archbishop Emeritus of Adelaide
9 James William Gleeson Auxiliary Bishop of Adelaide 15 February 1957 6 July 1964 7 years, 142 days Elevated as Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide
Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide 6 July 1964 1 May 1971 6 years, 299 days Succeeded as Archbishop of Adelaide
Archbishop of Adelaide 1 May 1971 19 June 1985 14 years, 49 days Resigned and appointed Archbishop Emeritus of Adelaide
10 Leonard Faulkner Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide 2 September 1983 19 June 1985 1 year, 290 days Succeeded as Archbishop of Adelaide
Archbishop of Adelaide 19 June 1985 3 December 2001 16 years, 167 days Retired and appointed Archbishop Emeritus of Adelaide
11 Philip Wilson Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide 30 November 2000 3 December 2001 1 year, 3 days Succeeded as Archbishop of Adelaide
Archbishop of Adelaide 3 December 2001 present 12 years, 202 days n/a




Main article: Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Australia

Father Albert Davis (d. 2007), a member of the Dominican Fathers was charged in 2006 with 17 incidents of indecent assault involving seven boys at Blackfriars Priory School between 1956 and 1960. Davis was committed to stand trial in the Adelaide District Court, but he died before proceedings were commenced.[3]

Father Charles Barnett pleaded guilty in 2009 (after extradition from Indonesia) to 3 child sex charges for events between 1977 and 1985 at Crystal Brook and Port Pirie.[4]

In September 2011, Senator Nick Xenophon used parliamentary privilege to name an Adelaide priest as the alleged perpetrator of sexual assaults on John Hepworth about 50 years earlier. Senator Xenophon alleged that the Vicar-General of Adelaide, Monsignor David Cappo, had been provided with detailed allegations in 2008 but had failed to act upon them, the investigations still being "at a preliminary stage" and the priest concerned not being stood down during the investigation.[5] An independent inquiry by Michael Abbott QC reported that there was no substance to the allegations, although had Hepworth declined to be interviewed for the inquiry.[6]

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Coordinates: 34°55′44″S 138°36′05″E / 34.92889°S 138.60139°E / -34.92889; 138.60139

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