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Roman Catholic Diocese of Armidale


Roman Catholic Diocese of Armidale

Diocese of Armidale
Dioecesis Armidalensis
Cathedral of St Mary and St Joseph, Armidale; consecrated in 1912
Country Australia
Territory New England and Barwon River regions of New South Wales
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Sydney
Area 91,500 km2 (35,300 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
Decrease 146,769
Decrease 43,223 (Steady 29.4%)
Parishes Steady 25
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 28 November 1869
Cathedral St Mary and St Joseph's Catholic Cathedral, Armidale
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Michael Kennedy
Metropolitan Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP
Emeritus Bishops Luc Julian Matthys
Catholic Diocese of Armidale

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Armidale is a suffragan Latin Rite diocese of the Archdiocese of Sydney, established in 1869 and covering the New England and Barwon River regions of New South Wales in Australia.

St Mary and St Joseph's Cathedral is the seat of the Catholic Bishop of Armidale, presently the Most Reverend Michael Kennedy.[1]


  • History 1
  • Bishops of Armidale 2
  • Cathedral 3
  • Parishes 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Erected 28 November 1869.[2]

Bishops of Armidale

The following individuals have served as Roman Catholic Bishop of Armidale:[2][3]

Order Name Title Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 Thomas O'Mahony Bishop of Armidale 1869 July 1877 8 years Resigned from Rome
2 Elzear Torreggiani, OFM Cap. Bishop of Armidale November 1879 January 1904 25 years Died in office
3 Patrick O'Connor Coadjutor Bishop of Armidale May 1903 January 1904 1 year Succeeded as Bishop of Armidale
Bishop of Armidale January 1904 July 1932 28 years Died in office
4 John Coleman Coadjutor Bishop of Armidale September 1929 July 1932 3 year Succeeded as Bishop of Armidale
Bishop of Armidale July 1932 December 1947 15 years Died in office
5 Edward Doody Bishop of Armidale 25 April 1948 (1948-04-25) 9 April 1968 (1968-04-09) 19 years, 350 days Died in office
6 James Darcy Freeman Bishop of Armidale December 1968 1971 3 years Elevated as Archbishop of Sydney
7 Henry Kennedy Bishop of Armidale February 1972 26 April 1991 (1991-04-26) 19 years Retired
8 Kevin Manning Bishop of Armidale 10 July 1991 (1991-07-10) 10 July 1997 (1997-07-10) 6 years, 0 days Elevated as Bishop of Parramatta
9 Luc Matthys Bishop of Armidale March 1999 December 2011 12 years Retired as Emeritus Bishop of Armidale
10 Michael Kennedy Bishop of Armidale February 2012 present 3 years incumbent
† = deceased


The diocesan cathedral is dedicated to Saint Mary and Saint Joseph and is located in Dangar Street, Armidale, opposite Armidale Central Park and diagonally opposite the Anglican cathedral. It was built in 1911 of Pyrmont stone and Armidale polychrome brick.[4]


As of November 2014, there are currently 25 parishes located in Diocese of Armidale:

See also


  1. ^ "Diocese of Armidale". The Official Directory of the Catholic Church in Australia. National Council of Priests of Australia. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Diocese of Armidale". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2007. 
  3. ^ "The ten Catholic Bishops of Armidale". The Armidale Star. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Catholic Cathedral of St Mary and St Joseph, Armidale". Organ Historical Trust of Australia. 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 

External links

  • Catholic Diocese of Armidale
  • Australian Catholic Bishops Conference: Diocese of Armidale
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