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Roman Catholic Diocese of Port Pirie

Diocese of Port Pirie
Dioecesis Portus Piriensis
Country Australia
Territory Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas, Flinders Ranges, Nullarbor Plain, and Mid and Far North regions of South Australia
Ecclesiastical province Province of Adelaide
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Adelaide
Area 978,823 km2 (377,926 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
Decrease 166,713
Decrease 28,653 (Decrease 17.2%)
Parishes Steady 23
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 10 May 1887 as Diocese of Port Augusta
7 June 1951 as Diocese of Port Pirie
Cathedral St Mark's Cathedral, Port Pirie
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Gregory O'Kelly SJ
Catholic Diocese of Port Pirie

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Port Pirie is a suffragan Latin Rite diocese of the Archdiocese of Adelaide, erected in 1887 covering the Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas, Flinders Ranges, Nullarbor Plain, and Mid and Far North regions of South Australia, Australia.


  • History 1
  • Boundaries 2
  • Cathedral 3
  • Ordinaries 4
  • Parishes 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7


The Diocese of Port Augusta was canonically erected by Pope Leo XIII on 10 May 1887, the same day the pope elevated the See of Adelaide to a Metropolitan Archdiocese and placed the new Diocese in its Province. In 1951 the seat of the Diocese was moved from Port Augusta to Port Pirie, with the name of the Diocese being also changed.


In terms of geographic size the Diocese of Port Pirie is Australia's second largest diocese (after Darwin) and one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. The Diocese measures 978,823 km2, which is made up of the largest portion of South Australia and the southern parts of the Northern Territory.


St Mark's Cathedral, Port Pirie is the seat of the Diocese.


The following individuals have been elected as Roman Catholic Bishops of Port Pirie or any of its precursor titles:[1]

Order Name Title Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 John O'Reily Bishop of Port Augusta 13 May 1887 5 January 1895 7 years, 237 days Elevated as Archbishop of Adelaide
2 James Maher Bishop of Port Augusta 10 January 1896 20 December 1905 9 years, 344 days Died in office
3 John Henry Norton Bishop of Port Augusta 18 August 1906 22 March 1923 16 years, 216 days Died in office
4 Andrew Killian Bishop of Port Augusta 26 February 1924 11 July 1933 9 years, 135 days Elevated as Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide
5 Norman Thomas Gilroy Bishop of Port Augusta 10 December 1934 1 July 1937 2 years, 203 days Elevated as Coadjutor Archbishop of Sydney
6 John Joseph Lonergan Bishop-Elect of Port Augusta 8 January 1938 14 July 1938 187 days Died prior to being ordained as Bishop
7 Thomas Absolem McCabe Bishop of Port Augusta 13 December 1938 15 November 1951 12 years, 337 days Appointed as Bishop of Wollongong
8 Bryan Gallagher Bishop of Port Pirie 13 March 1952 11 August 1980 28 years, 151 days Resigned and appointed Bishop Emeritus of Port Pirie
9 Francis Peter de Campo Bishop of Port Pirie 11 August 1980 23 April 1998 17 years, 255 days Died in office
10 Daniel Eugene Hurley Bishop of Port Pirie 27 November 1998 3 July 2007 8 years, 218 days Appointed as Bishop of Darwin
11 Gregory O'Kelly SJ Bishop of Port Pirie 15 April 2009 present 5 years, 302 days n/a


See also


  1. ^ "Diocese of Port Pirie". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2007. 
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