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Roman Catholic Diocese of Bunbury


Roman Catholic Diocese of Bunbury

Diocese of Bunbury
Dioecesis Bumburiensis
Country Australia
Territory South West and Great Southern, Western Australia
Ecclesiastical province Province of Perth
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Perth
Area 184,000 km2 (71,000 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
Decrease 257,818
Decrease 50,190 (Decrease 19.5%)
Parishes Increase 30
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 12 November 1954
Cathedral St Patrick's Cathedral
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Gerard Joseph Holohan
Emeritus Bishops Myles McKeon
Catholic Diocese of Bunbury

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bunbury is a suffragan Latin Rite diocese of the Archdiocese of Perth, established in 1954, covering the South West and Great Southern regions of Western Australia, Australia.


  • History 1
  • Ordinaries 2
  • Parishes 3
  • Controversy 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7



The following individuals have been elected as Roman Catholic Bishop of Bunbury:[1]

Order Name Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 Lancelot Goody 12 November 1954 18 October 1968 13 years, 341 days Elevated as Archbishop of Perth
2 Myles McKeon 6 March 1969 18 February 1982 12 years, 349 days Resigned and appointed Bishop Emeritus of Bunbury
3 Peter Quinn 26 May 1982 20 December 2000 18 years, 208 days Resigned and appointed Bishop Emeritus of Bunbury
4 Gerard Joseph Holohan 5 September 2001 present 13 years, 245 days n/a


The diocese is divided into three separate deaneries that administer individual parishes:[2]

  1. Great Southern deanery with regular liturgical services held in the parishes of Albany (St Joseph), Denmark (St Mary), Esperance (Star of the Sea), Katanning (St Patrick), Kojonup (St Bernard), Lake Grace (Maria Regina), Mount Barker (Sacred Heart), Narrogin (St Matthew), and Wagin (St Joseph)
  2. Lower South West deanery with regular liturgical services held in the parishes of Boyup Brook (St Mary), Bridgetown (St Brigid), Busselton (St Joseph and Our Lady of the Bay), Donnybrook (St Mary), Dunsborough (Our Lady of the Southern Cross), Manjimup (St Joseph), Margaret River (St Thomas More), and Pemberton (Sacred Heart)
  3. South West deanery with regular liturgical services held in the parishes of Bunbury (Cathedral Parish of St Patrick), Brunswick Junction (Our Lady’s Assumption), Collie (St Brigid), Dardanup (The Immaculate Conception), Dawesville (St Damien), Harvey (Our Lady of Immaculate Conception), Australind (Church of the Living Vine), Mandurah (Our Lady’s Assumption), Pinjarra (St Augustine), and Waroona (St Patrick)


In 2003 Adrian Richard Van Klooster, a Catholic priest, plead guilty to four counts of indecently dealing with children under the age of 13 and was found with child pornography on his computer.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Diocese of Bunbury". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 20 February 2001. Retrieved 5 January 2007. 
  2. ^ "Parishes in the Bunbury Diocese". Catholic Diocese of Bunbury. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bishop's plea after priest convicted". The Catholic Weekly (Australia). 2 February 2003. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 

External links

  • Catholic Diocese of Bunbury
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