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Roman Catholic Diocese of Geraldton

Diocese of Geraldton
Dioecesis di Geraldton
St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Geraldton
Country Australia
Territory Mid West, Western Australia
Ecclesiastical province Province of Perth
Metropolitan Perth
Area 1,318,310 km2 (509,000 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
Decrease 114,662
Increase 27,135 (Increase 23.7%)
Parishes Steady 12
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 30 January 1898
Cathedral St Francis Xavier Cathedral
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Justin Joseph Bianchini
Metropolitan Archbishop Barry James Hickey
Catholic Diocese of Geraldton

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Geraldton is a suffragan Latin Rite diocese of the Archdiocese of Perth, erected in 1898, covering Mid West, Western Australia, Australia.


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



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

Order Name Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 William Bernard Kelly 21 March 1898 26 December 1921 23 years, 280 days Died in office
2 Richard Ryan, CM 30 January 1923 10 March 1926 3 years, 39 days Appointed Bishop of Sale
3 James Patrick O'Collins 11 February 1930 23 December 1941 11 years, 315 days Appointed Bishop of Ballarat
4 Alfred Gummer 24 February 1942 5 April 1962 20 years, 40 days Died in office
5 Francis Xavier Thomas 18 June 1962 31 July 1981 19 years, 43 days Retired and appointed Bishop Emeritus of Geraldton
6 William Foley 13 July 1981 26 October 1983 2 years, 105 days Elevated as Archbishop of Perth
7 Barry Hickey 22 March 1984 23 July 1991 7 years, 123 days Elevated as Archbishop of Perth
7 Justin Joseph Bianchini 25 March 1992 incumbent 22 years, 323 days n/a


The diocese has fifteen parishes with regular liturgical services held in the following locations, with churches dedicated to particular saints:[2]

  1. Geraldton (Cathedral of St Francis Xavier), Greenough (St Peter), and Rangeway (St John)
  2. Bluff Point (St Lawrence) and Wonthella (St Patrick)
  3. Carnarvon (St Mary Star of the Sea) and Exmouth (St John)
  4. Dongara (Our Lady Star of the Sea) and Leeman (Mary Queen of Peace)
  5. Karratha (St Paul), Dampier (St Peter), and Wickham (Our Lady of the Pilbara)
  6. Leonora (Sacred Heart), Laverton (Christ the Redeemer), and Leinster
  7. Morawa (Holy Cross)
  8. Mt Magnet (St Brigid), Meekatharra (Christ the King), and Cue (St Patrick)
  9. Mullewa (Our Lady of Mt Carmel) and Mingenew (St Joseph)
  10. Newman (St Joseph)
  11. Northampton (Our Lady in Ara Coeli), Kalbarri (Our Lady Help of Christians), and Nanson (Our Lady of Fatima)
  12. Port Hedland (St Cecilia)
  13. South Hedland (St John the Baptist)
  14. Three Springs (St Paul), Perenjori (St Joseph), Coorow (Our Lady Queen of Peace), and Carnamah (St Andrew)
  15. Tom Price (St Thomas) and Paraburdoo (St Theresa)


Crest School Location Details
St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School Geraldton Primary K-7
St Lawrence's School Bluff Point Primary K-7
St John's School Rangeway Primary K-7
St Paul's School Karratha Primary K-7
Our Lady of Mt Carmel Mullewa Primary K-7
St Mary's School Northampton Primary K-7
St Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic School Carnarvon Combined Primary and Secondary, K-10
St Cecilia's Catholic Primary School Port Hedland Primary K-7
Nagle Catholic College Geraldton Secondary Day and boarding school, 8-12
St Luke's College Karratha Secondary Day school, 8-12
Christian Brothers Agricultural School Tardun Secondary Day school, 8-10

See also


  1. ^ "Diocese of Geraldton". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Parishes of the Garaldton Diocese". Catholic Diocese of Geraldton. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 

External links

  • Catholic Diocese of Geraldton
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