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Roman Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
Dioecesis Maitlandensis-Novocastrensis
Country Australia
Territory Hunter and Mid North Coast regions of New South Wales
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Sydney
Area 33,757 km2 (13,034 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
Increase 602,693
Increase 147,602 (Increase 24.5%)
Parishes Steady 50
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 25 June 1847 as the Diocese of Maitland
Cathedral Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop William Wright
Metropolitan Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP
Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is a suffragan Latin Rite diocese of the Archdiocese of Sydney, established in 1847, initially as the Diocese of Maitland and changed to the current name in 1995. The diocese covers the Hunter and Mid North Coast regions of New South Wales in Australia.


  • History 1
  • Ordinaries 2
  • Cathedral 3
  • Parishes 4
  • Controversies 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8



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

Order Name Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 Charles Henry Davis, OSB 24 September 1846 17 May 1854 8 years, 235 days Died in office
2 James Murray 1865 9 July 1909 44 years, 189 days Died in office
3 Patrick Dwyer 9 July 1909 28 March 1931 21 years, 262 days Died in office
4 Edmund John Aloysius Gleeson, CSSR 28 March 1931 4 March 1956 24 years, 342 days Died in office
5 John Thomas Toohey 4 March 1956 24 September 1975 19 years, 204 days Died in office
6 Leo Morris Clarke 10 April 1976 3 November 1995 19 years, 207 days Retired and appointed Bishop Emeritus of Maitland-Newcastle

The following individuals have been elected as Roman Catholic Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle:[1]

Order Name Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 Michael Malone 3 November 1995 4 April 2011 15 years, 152 days Following a 2009 request by Malone for early retirement due to the impact of the sex abuse scandal, which was rejected by the Vatican,[2] Malone resigned in 2011
2 William Wright 4 April 2011 present 3 years, 313 days n/a




The diocese has been referred to as the "epicentre of Catholic clerical sexual abuse in Australia" due to a number of paedophile priests with extensive abuse records being jailed since 1997.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2007. 
  2. ^ "New NSW Bishop daunted but optimistic". The Record (Australia). 20 April 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Crittenden, Stephen; Smith, Suzanne (17 May 2010). "Archbishop's handling of abuse claims challenged". ABC News (Australia). Retrieved 17 May 2010. 

External links

  • Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
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