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Roman Catholic Diocese of Wagga Wagga

Diocese of Wagga Wagga
Dioecesis Corvopolitanus
St Michael's Cathedral, Wagga Wagga; consecrated in ca. 1859
Country Australia
Territory Riverina regions of New South Wales
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Sydney
Area 24,000 km2 (9,300 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 1999)
Increase 206,000
Increase 62,000 (Steady 30.1%)
Parishes Steady 31
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 28 July 1917
Cathedral St Michael's, Wagga Wagga
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Gerard Joseph Hanna
Metropolitan Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP
Catholic Diocese of Wagga Wagga

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wagga Wagga is a Latin Rite suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Sydney, established in 1917, covering the Riverina region of New South Wales in Australia.

St Michael's Cathedral is the seat of the Catholic Bishop of Wagga Wagga, currently Gerard Hanna.


  • History 1
  • Bishops of Wagga Wagga 2
  • Cathedral 3
  • Parishes in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Bishops of Wagga Wagga

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

Order Name Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 Joseph Wilfrid Dwyer 14 March 1918 11 October 1939 8 years, 235 days Died in office
2 Francis Augustin Henschke 16 November 1939 24 February 1968 28 years, 100 days Died in office
3 Francis Patrick Carroll 24 February 1968 25 June 1983 15 years, 121 days Elevated to Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn
4 William John Brennan 16 Jan 1984 5 February 2002 18 years, 20 days Resigned and appointed Bishop Emeritus of Wagga Wagga
5 Gerard Joseph Hanna 5 February 2002 present 13 years, 6 days


Located in Johnston Street, Wagga Wagga, St Michael's Cathedral is a large Gothic Revival styled sandstone cathedral built in two stages. The foundation stone of the first stage of the building comprising the nave and tower base, was laid on 26 April 1885. Completed between 1885 and 1887, the parish church was commissioned by Father Patrick Dunne and designed by architects Tappin, Gilbert & Dennehy, of Melbourne. The woodwork and carpentry was completed by Charles Hardy. In 1918, when the diocese was erected, St Michael’s became a cathedral.[2]

The second stage followed, that commenced in 1922 and completed in 1925. The architect was W. J. Monks, and the overall construction cost was £34,894. The imposing building was constructed from sandstone, of cruciform plan with clerestoried nave and lofty tower placed to the left of the main façade. In addition, the building consists of side aisles, porch, chancel, sacristy, chapel, and gallery. Roof framings are exposed timber internally and sheeted with slates externally. Walls are rock faced ashlar generally with dressed window and door surrounds and mullions. Internally the altars contain some finely crafted marble pieces and large stained glass windows in groups of three, giving a soft filtered light. A feature of the cathedral is the massive tower bell weighing 17 long hundredweight (1,900 lb; 860 kg) cast in the factory of Byrnes, of Dublin. The marble high altar was brought from Carrara, Italy and has subsequently been removed.[2]

George Fincham built a two-manual organ of 10 speaking stops for St Michael's Church in 1887. This was removed in 1892 and installed in the Chapel of St Peter at the

  • Catholic Diocese of Wagga Wagga

External links

  1. ^ "Diocese of Wagga Wagga". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Walking tour of Wagga Wagga's historic buildings". Wagga Wagga local history. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "St Michael's Catholic Cathedral, Wagga Wagga". Organ Historical Trust of Australia. 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 


See also

^1. In 2009 Jerilderie became incorporated to the Darlington Point. Parish Administrator Rev Fr Anthony Dunne was appointed until the appointment of Rev Fr Blaise Kurek. Despite sharing a Priest, Jerildierie is listed as a separate Parish

Parishes in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga

In 2011 it was given a small overhaul by Darrell Pitchford. The front facade pipes were changed to silver and the stop mechanisms and pipes were cleaned and adjusted. [3]

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